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Breast cancer awareness is everyone's job

Posted Monday, October 18, 2010, at 3:16 PM

There is not one person among us that has not been affected by Breast Cancer in one form or another. Either a family member, friend or neighbor has been afflicted with this horrifying disease. This cancer is not gender specific nor does it attack one certain age group. There is not one demographic area that suffers nor does it target any certain social status. Breast cancer can be deadly, but more importantly it can be conquered.

Within the past three years five women that I have known well have unfortunately been diagnosed with breast cancer. One is a cousin and the others I consider to be friends. I have witnessed changes in their behavior good and bad, and of course there are the physical changes that can not be ignored. The loss of the hair, the weight loss and gain depending on the treatments and in a few cases a complete mastectomy had been performed.

Fortunately though, with the advances that modern medicine has accomplished, all five have survived. Tragically, one of my friends has been diagnosed with Stage Four which is not the most positive diagnosis, but she had beat this debilitating disease once and she is bound and determined to give it her best shot to do it again. With such a positive attitude I pray she can.

I can not stress enough the importance of early detection, from my own experiences. Yearly mammograms are extremely important. I heard that there is controversy on whether or not yearly mammograms or insurance payments for them are specifically necessary in certain cases. How is it OK to postpone a check up that has been considered to be the best tool for early detection that we have? How can anyone justify putting off a test that has more than likely saved more lives lately than have been lost. My family and friends are alive, living their lives to the best of their abilities, because of yearly physicals. I am confused.

I thank God for giving us the tools to continually combat not only breast cancer, but all cancers that plague our society. So many of my loved ones have lost their lives because they were not aware of the disease that had attacked their bodies, but with that being said, so many have been able to beat this disease and live happy and fulfilling lives. I am not prepared to lose anyone close to me due to ignorance of the importance of early detection.

Self breast exams are important, yearly mammograms are important, talking to your doctor about your health concerns is important.

Schedule important tests, no matter how embarrassed you may consider the tests to be.

The very life that you save, may be your own.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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