Educate yourself about breast cancer
The Kentucky Standard
Your bra is not giving you breast cancer.
Your deodorant is not giving you breast cancer.
Coffee is not giving you breast cancer.
Mammograms are not giving you breast cancer.
In a large percentage of cases, your genes aren’t even giving you breast cancer.
As with anything that escalates to the level of attention breast cancer has received, there are several myths about the disease. There are posts all over social media and even reports on mainstream media that do nothing but incite fear over incorrect information.
That being the case, it’s tough to sort facts from fiction. But there are facts that you should know about breast cancer.
• First, it is something you should be aware of, not just in October — even though the month is designated for that purpose.
• It is killing the women of the world by the thousands.
• This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 232,670 new cases of female breast cancer diagnosed in the United State alone — and 2,360 male diagnoses. Of those, 40,000 women and 430 men will die from the disease. To put that in perspective, the population of Nelson County is roughly 44,540. So breast cancer will kill almost as many people in the country as live in the county.
• One in eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Think about your family — your mother, sisters, grandmothers, cousins, aunts and close friends. Are there at least eight of them? If so, consider that one of them will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. And the risk increases with age.
• Studies indicate that the more alcohol a woman drinks, the greater her risk of developing breast cancer and women who are overweight or obese have an increased risk. For this reason, we should all be mindful of what we put in our bodies and how healthy our behaviors are. You are your own best health advocate.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will somehow lead to a woman’s death is about 3 percent.
• Death rates from breast cancer are decreasing, likely the result of increased technology, improved treatment, increased awareness and earlier detection.
• There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
While breast cancer will kill 40,430 Americans this year, almost 3 million have come face to face with the beast that is breast cancer and have lived through it.
That’s not to degrade or speak ill of those who have succumbed to the disease. Their struggles and the toll taken on their families is just as much a reality and required just as much strength. But it is a fact to be proud of, nonetheless. That is the fact that proves that breast cancer awareness is saving lives.
The reason almost 3 million people have gone on to earn the title “Survivor” is because we are educating ourselves about cancer prevention and because now, more than ever before, we understand the importance of self-exams and preventive screenings.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 or older have a mammogram every year. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam at least every three years as part of a regular health exam. Doctors also recommend monthly self-exams.
Take care of and educate yourself. The life that knowledge and action saves may be your own.
Darts and Laurels
A laurel to all the youngsters who won Apple Festival awards — whether spelling, art, costume or other, congratulations!
A dart to not knowing where your children are — please seek help.
A laurel to helping keep children safe — it does take a village.
A dart to turning fun times into “brawling” times — know your limits.
A laurel to the Paintsville Fire Department and its new ISO rating — keeping our city safe!
Scooters on roadways create need for extra caution
To many drivers, local citizens “scooting” around town are a nuisance and a hazard. To those citizens traveling on motorized wheelchairs, or “scooters,” it’s the only way they have to get around independently.
Oncoming traffic needs to be aware of the scooters around town. The scooters are used by people who need a way of getting around town for getting groceries, going to the library, or even going out to a restaurant. They have been a big help to people and have their benefits, but they can also cause a very big danger in our community.
An issue has recently arisen and we are hearing people around Johnson County complaining about these “scooter people” not obeying laws and just driving around freely. The scooter people, they say, are driving dangerously, pulling out into the streets and roadways causing people in motor vehicles to suddenly put their brakes on to prevent colliding with a scooter.
We are wondering — in the case of a motor vehicle colliding with a scooter, who does the liability of the accident rest upon? Would the individual on the scooter be responsible for his/her own medical bills and repair/replacement of their scooter? Or would the driver of the motor vehicle be responsible for these costs?
Is a person on a scooter considered to be a pedestrian, or the operator of a “motor” vehicle?
Whatever the answers, we feel the streets of Johnson County are inappropriate places for motorized scooters. These scooters are designed to help individuals around their homes and property, not to be used as substitutes for automobiles.
We feel the scooter is a fantastic invention, but when their owners insist on operating them on city streets, they need to be aware of traffic patterns and road signs and traffic lights.
Don’t just assume that others will watch out for you — use extra caution to protect yourself. When operating a scooter across a road you have the same rules as if a pedestrian was crossing the street. So each person on a scooter should stop and look both ways before crossing to avoid any type of accident or injury from happening.
Everyone — driver and scooter operators — need to keep their eyes open. Whether we like it or not, the “scooter people” are out there.
Darts and Laurels
A laurel to BOTH our county’s “Distinguished” school districts! Great work, Johnson County and Paintsville Independent!
A dart to the continued delay on a decision for homeowner aid to flood victims. We’re hoping for help to be announced soon!
A laurel to yet another successful Kentucky Apple Festival! Happy times for all!
A dart to prowling around the homes of others with no good intent — dangerous for all!
A laurel to our new Miss Apple Blossom Alison Porter — enjoy your reign!
Signs, signs everywhere
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has a problem — and you may be contributing to it.
There’s a great deal of clutter along county roads, city streets and state highways. Political season brings out signs of all shapes and sizes. Add in fall yard-sale signage and some business messages, too, and it can create problems for motorists.
The transportation cabinet recently issued an alert reminder about sight distance, parking conditions and right-of-way infringement. It’s important the messages here are clear.
Regarding yard sales, setting a yard sale on a right-of-way is illegal. These areas are used as safety zone buffers for motorists and they provide a clear view of vehicles entering, exiting and traveling on the road. When objects block right-of-way areas, line of sight is reduced and that increases the likelihood of crashes.
The Message: Set your yard-sale sign off of right-of-way limits.
Motorists should be highly aware of surroundings. Just like in a construction zone, pay close attention when traveling through an area where multiple yard sales are taking place. Slow down and be on the lookout for pedestrians. And when parking, do not obstruct traffic or block the view of travelers.
The Message: Be alert and don’t contribute to traffic issues.
Residents, business operators and property owners along U.S. highways and state routes are reminded Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have authority and will remove political signs along state-maintained rights of way. No signs for a yard sale, auction, business or political candidate should be placed in rights of way. Also remember it is illegal to attach fliers, posters, balloons and streams on utility poles, stop signs or other roadway signage.
Mowing crews also are active through the transportation cabinet’s District 4 region. Illegally placed signs present obstacles, slowing their progress and creating additional hazards to crew members and passing motorists. The items will be removed and taken to the highway department maintenance facility. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.
The Message: Keep your messages in proper places.
And regarding the new trend of placing oversized signs on semi trailers, the district staff says that constitutes a billboard. Anyone using this method should be aware federally regulated routes, such as interstates and parkways, restrict billboards. Some U.S. and state highways are federally funded and also have restrictions. If you have questions about the regulations, contact the District 4 office.
The Message: It won’t help your campaign to receive a state citation.