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The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in Logan County to educate local women about breast, cervical and colorectal cancer and make sure these women have access to lifesaving screening tests. The Society trains volunteer Community Health Advisors (CHA) on the basics of cancer and health disparities and provides information on community resources to help women get screened for the disease. In West Virginia, communities targeted by the CHA program have been identified by county within the Appalachian Region and include Boone, Logan and Mingo. These counties have lower than average breast and colorectal cancer screening rates, higher than average cancer mortality rates.

Regular screening examinations by health care professionals can result in the early detection and removal of precancerous growths, as well as the diagnosis of cancers at an early stage, when they are the most treatable. Cancers of the cervix, colon and rectum can be prevented by removal of precancerous tissue. Cancers that can be diagnosed early through screening include cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, cervix, prostate, oral cavity and skin. However, screening is known to reduce mortality only for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum and cervix, the cancer sites volunteers in the CHA program will focus on with education and access to resources.

In addition to needing Volunteer Community Health Advisors, the American Cancer Society also works with Community Network Partners to ensure the success of the program. These partners work within the community to reduce barriers to cancer screening programs, and are an important part of the work to reduce Colon, Cervical and Breast cancer mortality.

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at wwwcancer.org or contact Vicky Hughes at vicky.hughes@cancer.org, 304-638-5730. Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated.

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