FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2011
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Glenville, WV—The annual ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon’ held at the Glenville State College Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom on Tuesday, October 4th was the largest in the five-year history of the event. When the luncheon first began in 2007, there were around fifty in attendance. In 2011, that number blossomed to one-hundred
The crowd has grown every year. I think this reflects the increasing awareness of people about this terrible disease. We are getting the message out,” said event organizer, GSC Campus Nurse Julia Barr.
Health Information Specialist Anna Reno with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program spoke about free and reduced cost screenings that are available to women in the area and the importance of taking advantage of those services. The death rate for breast cancer is declining due in a large part to early detection from such screenings.
Janet Lockhard of Weston, West Virginia, a four-time cancer survivor, was the guest speaker. In 1987, Lockhard survived a lumpectomy after lumps where found in both her breasts. The cancer reoccurred in one breast in 1993 leading to a partial mastectomy. In 2007, she was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer which was successfully removed through surgery. Again in 2009, her breast cancer reoccurred resulting in a total mastectomy. Through it all, Lockhard has persevered and keeps a positive attitude. She encouraged the women in attendance not to ignore warning signs that their body is sending them and to protect themselves by being screened on a regular basis.
The luncheon is held each October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It provides a time for the campus community and local residents to honor, remember, and celebrate the courage and strength of people affected by breast cancer. This free event was organized by the GSC Student Activities and Campus Health offices.
For more information about the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, contact Anna Reno firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 422-1515.