October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go. The American Cancer Society appreciates organizations that step up to help with this fight. Local Knox County schools and churches have shown their support for cancer awareness by hosting “Pink” events.
East Barbourville Baptist Church, and Jesse D. Lay Elementary’s First Priority supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by informing and educating women on the importance of cancer screening by having Pink Days and providing information and activities for cancer awareness. The local Knox County Relay For Life also sponsored the Knoxville Mammography Mobile Unit during the Daniel Boone Festival. Twenty women were screened.
The American Cancer Society recommends Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. For more information about cancer screening visit http:www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345/