Courtesy of Mindy Renfrow The Leitchfield Police Department helped spread awareness at the Grayson County Health Department's breast cancer Awareness event.

Courtesy of Mindy Renfrow

The Leitchfield Police Department helped spread awareness at the Grayson County Health Department's breast cancer Awareness event.

White Oak Street was flooded with pink Thursday as the Grayson County Health Department held a breast cancer awareness event since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There were lots of fun things for people to do at the free community event. There were giveaways, a photo booth, opportunities to sit on a pink tractor and sign the pink fire truck, in addition to a raffle and a bake sale that helped raise money for cancer research. People also made donations and challenged others to beat them.

The Leitchfield Police Department also stopped by to help spread breast cancer awareness by posing with the pink tractor.

Nurse practitioner Kristen Buck offered free self-breast exam training to everyone who was interested.

Miranda Kassinger was also present from Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to discuss the hospital's new mammography machine.

According to breastcancer.org, nearly 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 126.8 per 100,000 women in Kentucky were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 in Kentucky, making it the leading cancer for women in Kentucky.

CDC also says that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among female cancer deaths in Kentucky, only after lung cancer.

According to the CDC, “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. One of every four deaths in the United States is due to cancer.”

The hospital recommends that women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40, clinical breast exams for women in their 20s and 30s and yearly for women over 40. They also recommend that women know how their breasts usually feel and to report if it changes.

For more information on how to do a self-breast exam, visit www.breastcancer.org/exams or call the Grayson County Health Department.