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Fairmont General Hospital Holds Women's Health Awareness Day

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Kay Swiger was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 12 years ago, after finding a lump in her breast the day before Mother's Day.

"I had a lumpectomy and went through chemo and radiation," Swiger said. "Then five years later it came back and I had to get a mastectomy. Then five years later it came back again and I've been dealing with that the past two years."

Swiger said detecting the cancer early is what saved her life. Her biggest advice to women is to stay informed.

"Hospitals have all kinds of information on breast cancer and what to look for," Swiger said. "A lot of things have free programs for mammogram's and tests like that if women can't afford it or don't have the insurance to have it done."

A hospital that does that, is right in our back yard.

Fairmont General Hospital is holding a Women's Health Awareness Day, allowing women to receive a variety of health screenings free of charge.

"We have clinical breast exams offered as well as pap testing," said Program Coordinator for Oncology Services Tricia Julian. "We have a lot of testing available. Some of which you have to have an appointment to take part in."

The hospital will have educational booths on breast cancer, as well as smoking cessation, colon cancer, and more.

If you are unable to make it, the hospital will have various activities in regards to breast cancer awareness all month long.

"We always have events for women," Julian said. "We have a 'Look Good, Feel Better' program for cancer patients and we've got lots of different things. We've got our wig bank upstairs."

There will be door prizes, refreshments, and breast cancer survivor videos.