MADISON, W.Va. — The Boone County Commission (BCC) recently made two proclamations which highlight important segments of the community — women’s health and retired workers.
October 3 was declared Breast Cancer Awareness Day and October was named Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The proclamation notes Breast Cancer is diagnosed in around 1,300 West Virginia Women a year, and the disease is the leading cause of cancer related deaths of women living in the state.
It is recommended that women age 50 and older should have a mammogram test each year.
Women over 40 should discuss their mammogram screening schedule with their healthcare provider; however, clinical breast exams should be conducted each year.
Clinical breast exams are recommended at an interval of three years for women in their 20s and 30s.
All women are encouraged to conduct breast self-exams.
The document states, “Clinical breast exams, self breast exams and mammograms can save lives. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screening schedule.”
The last week of September was declared the “Boone County Association of Retired School Employees (BCARSE) Week.”
BCARSE represents 514 retired school employees in Boone County, and the proclamation notes BCARSE is the only organization in the county that represents all retired school employees.
The organization also encourages its members to volunteer in the community.
BCARSE members logged more than 22,000 hours volunteering during 2015.
The BCARSE proclamation explains, “BCARSE promotes community service, legislation to benefit retirees, remembering retirees in illness and honoring retirees in death, establishing a scholarship program for a Boone County Student and promoting community among retired school employees. “
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6959 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]