WELLSBURG - A local women's civic group has recruited the Brooke County Commission to aid it in promoting awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The commission continued an annual tradition in joining members of the Brooke County Community Educational Outreach Service in placing a wreath promoting the month at the entrance of the county courthouse.
The group also has placed a floral arrangement with a ribbon marking the occasion along state Route 2 in Follansbee and decorated a tree at the Follansbee Branch Library with pink bows to promote awareness.
The commissioners also adopted a proclamation designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the group's request.
Also on hand was Sandy Duvall, a registered nurse with the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program.
Based on previous years, officials with the program estimate that one in eight women have a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and one in eight are at risk of dying from it.
But members of the CEOS noted early detection has helped to curb fatalities from breast cancer in recent years.
They noted the American Cancer Society has recommended women age 40 and older should undergo a mammogram every year, and women in their 20s and 30s should undergo clinical breast examinations at least every three years.
Women also are encouraged to perform self breast examinations starting in their 20s.
Through the program, the Brooke County Health Department offers free clinical breast exams to women with limited health insurance or low income, ages 25 to 64, and free mammograms to women, ages 50 to 64.
For information, call (304) 737-3665.