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Ashland Area to Host Susan G. Komen I AM THE CURE Walk Oct. 1


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 fundraiser walk:

  1. form a walking team of friends, family or co-workers
  2. serve as a volunteer
  3. be a sponsor (many levels available)

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 world.

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.

Suggested 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 good health.

✓ 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.  

I 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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