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  • Greenbrier Resort celebrates 100th anniversary of Old White TPC

    Greenbrier Resort celebrates 100th anniversary of Old White TPC

    Greenbrier Resort celebrates 100th anniversary of Old White TPC

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:45:07 GMT
    America's resort is celebrating an important birthday.The Greenbrier Resort's famous golf course, the Old White TPC turned 100 years old today.To commemorate the event Jim Justice, Owner of The Greenbrier, and Jeff Kmiec, the resort's President along with several other representatives of the resort gathered Saturday to remember the course's long history.Guests were in attendance to watch as Justice hit the ceremonial first ball from the first tee.Even recent Masters winner Bubba Watson made a...
    America's resort is celebrating an important birthday.The Greenbrier Resort's famous golf course, the Old White TPC turned 100 years old today.To commemorate the event Jim Justice, Owner of The Greenbrier, and Jeff Kmiec, the resort's President along with several other representatives of the resort gathered Saturday to remember the course's long history.Guests were in attendance to watch as Justice hit the ceremonial first ball from the first tee.Even recent Masters winner Bubba Watson made a...
  • One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:39:31 GMT
    911 Dispatchers said a man was shot in the leg early Saturday morning on Harper Road in Beckley outside of the Holiday Inn.
    911 Dispatchers said a man was shot in the leg early Saturday morning on Harper Road in Beckley outside of the Holiday Inn.
  • After chemical Spill, officials give $1.2 Million to WV tourism

    After chemical Spill, officials give $1.2 Million to WV tourism

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:35:20 GMT
    There's a new push to help West Virginia's tourism industry after the chemical spill that caused a major water crisis in January. On Thursday, the state announced a $1.2 million cash contribution that
    There's a new push to help West Virginia's tourism industry after the chemical spill that caused a major water crisis in January.
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  • WV Health Officer Letitia Tierney receives CDC distinguished service award

    Tierney receives distinguished service award

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:07:22 GMT
    Letitia Tierney, state health office and commission for the Bureau for Public Health, received the West Virginia Poison Center Distinguished Service Award on April 8.

    Letitia Tierney, state health office and commission for the Bureau for Public Health, received the West Virginia Poison Center Distinguished Service Award on April 8.

  • US lawmakers announce medical funding

    US lawmakers announce medical funding

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:07:45 GMT
    U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $6.2 million in federal funds for five of the state's medical centers.
    U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced $6.2 million in federal funds for five of the state's medical centers.
  • Light the Night Walk set to take place at Wheeling Jesuit April 10

    Light the Night Walk set to take place April 10

    Friday, April 4 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-04-04 12:17:17 GMT
    Ohio Valley residents and businesses, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA & West Virginia, plan to participate in a walk to help fight blood cancer.
    Upper Ohio Valley residents and businesses, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western PA & West Virginia, plan to participate in a walk to help fight blood cancer.

Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is reminding residents about the seriousness of cervical cancer as part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

Bowling said about 100 women in the Mountain State will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.

"Cervical cancer is preventable with Pap screening tests and vaccines to thwart human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the main cause of cervical cancer," Bowling said.
Half of all cervical cancers occur in woman rarely or never screened for cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 10 to 20 percent of cancers develop among women who are screened but did not receive adequate follow-up care.

"When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long-term survival and good quality of life," Bowling said. "Now that we have HPV vaccines available, we are able to prevent cervical cancer before it occurs."

The American Cancer Society reports the number of cervical cancer deaths decreased 70 percent between 1955 and 1992 and continues to decline each year due to the increasing use of the Pap test. The Pap test can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops and it can detect cancer in its earliest stages when more treatment options are available. Cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent curable when detected early.

For females under 26 years old, HPV vaccination is available and provides protection against cervical cancer.

The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) assists in providing low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women free or low-cost Pap tests. The WVBCCSP works with over 300 providers statewide to ensure program-eligible women receive the services they need. An uninsured woman with a family of four can have a total household income of $47,100 and still be eligible for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. 

To learn more about cervical cancer and the WVBCCSP visit www.wvdhhr.org/bccsp/ or call 1-800-642-8522.