Because breast cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer, Ashland
area businesses are teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lexington Affiliate,
to fight this devastating disease.
Mark your calendars now for Ashland’s first I AM THE CURE Walk scheduled
for Saturday, Oct. 1, at Central
Park. The walk will begin at 9
a.m., with registration and opening ceremonies prior to the start time. Presenting sponsors, partnering with Komen are
Ashland radiation oncologists Jeff Lopez, M.D., and Terry Justice, M.D., and
Tri-State Regional Cancer Center.
There will be many opportunities to be involved in this community-wide
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a 25-year
history of patient advocacy, building awareness and raising funds for research
and community programs related to breast health and breast cancer. Komen is the
world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network with more than 100,000
breast cancer survivors and activists in 125 cities and communities around the
Seventy-five percent of all funds raised in our communities, stay in our
communities to fund grant programs throughout the 58 counties served by the
Lexington Affiliate. The remaining 25 percent supports the overall research
efforts of Komen.
Komen fundraisers are designed to promote
education about early detection and to provide grant monies to underserved
areas. A focus of early detection is the screening exam, such as a mammogram,
to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. The size of a breast
cancer and how far it has spread are important factors in predicting the
prognosis (outlook) for a woman with this disease.
Most doctors feel that early detection tests
for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more
lives could be saved if even more women and their healthcare providers took
advantage of these tests.
guidelines for early detection are:
✓ Women age 40 and older should have a screening
mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in
✓ Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical
breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health
professional, at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a
breast exam by a health professional every year.
✓ Breast self exam (BSE) is an option for women
starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations
of BSE. Women should report any abnormal findings to their healthcare provider.
AM THE CURE Walk
race chairs are Jane Blankenship, executive director of the King’s Daughters
Health Foundation; and Debbie Miller, KDMC Community Services manager. Both can
be reached at 606.408.4153.
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