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Constance Alexander: Breast cancer requires affordable care but relies on kindness of others

Twenty years ago today, Theresa Flowers stood on her porch in rural Trigg County directing me down the sporadic gravel path to the trailer she rented after the recent break-up with her long-term partner. “Right here.” She held up the palm of her hand and pointed at where to park. Unfurling the towel that was wrapped around her head, she smiled and said, “I just took a shower and my hair fell...

Beshear reports 926 COVID-19 new cases (plus Lex backlog), 5 deaths; talks masks, childcare help

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday reported 926 new COVID-19 cases, plus a backlog of cases from Lexington-Fayette County bringing the total to 2,398 cases, and five new deaths. The state’s totals are now 76,587 cases and 1,218 deaths. Three hundred and fifty-eight of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 38 were ages 5 and under. Gov. Andy Beshear Fayette County...

Women encouraged to learn cancer risk factors as Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the United States during the course of their lifetime, and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the National Cancer Institute. While breast cancer is most often found in women who are age 50 and older, the disease can also affect younger women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about...

Constance Alexander: Cancer no longer a word that must be spoken in a whisper or with shame

When I was in fifth grade, my mother had cancer. The three older children in the family were already out of the house – two in college, and the oldest married with one little girl. Still at home, my sister Jeanne and I were left to tread the tides that churned up daily turmoil and intermittent confusion about what it meant for a family to contend with serious illness. After all these years, it is...

Josh Blair: Breast Cancer Awareness hits close to home; too many loved ones are lost to the disease

October brings thoughts of apple cider, pumpkin pie, and football But it’s also a time to reflect on something more important: breast cancer. Every year, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This topic hits close to home for me. Last March, I lost my stepmother, Lucinda, to breast cancer. It was her second fight with the terrible disease and unfortunately this time she didn’t...

Three events set to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including one at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is having events in Kentucky this month, including Sunday, Oct. 15 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington; Sunday, Oct. 22 at Smothers Park in Owensboro; and Saturday, Oct. 28 at Waterfront Park in Louisville The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a website where you can get...

Constance Alexander: Early cancer detection, affordable health care matter to all women

She stood on the porch of her trailer, hugging herself against the autumn chill. The scarf coiled around her head, turban-like, was splashed with purple, fuchsia, and rivers of green. Her hands fluttered to straighten the scarf and check the swell of its silken knot, as I pulled into the gravel drive. “You found me,” she called. Her directions had listed a few landmarks on a winding country road...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Screening, early detection vital in battle against breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Breast cancer awareness is this week’s focus of the 52 Weeks of public health campaign from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues...

Kentucky by Heart: Breast cancer is ‘common denominator’ in group’s shared journey

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It was 1999 in Lexington, and five women who attended the Southern Acres Christian Church made it a habit to have lunch together. They usually enjoyed the food and, for sure, they enjoyed each other. But what mostly brought them together was a health issue each had, and it brought out the best in them. “Breast cancer was the common denominator in our group,”...

Commentary: Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses on courage in the face of adversity

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward October is a special month. There are lots of things that happen in October – Safe Schools Week; Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities (LD) Month and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Month; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens; college football really takes off; and of course, Halloween. I realize that...

Genetic testing may help identify women at a higher risk for contracting breast cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging women to consider genetic testing, which may help identify women at a higher risk for breast cancer. Testing for inherited abnormal genes through BRCA genetic testing can help save the lives of those at an increased risk for breast cancer. “Genetic testing is not recommended for all women, but can be helpful...