Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

October 24, 2012

Think pink —  Saluting the survivors, remembering those we lost

Decades ago, breast cancer was a quiet villain. Too often, women diagnosed with this disease didn’t talk about it, and preventive measures were rarely discussed in public.

But after years of silence, breast cancer now moves into the spotlight each October — a month when medical professionals, the media and others encourage women everywhere to learn more about this disease and take measures to help ensure early diagnosis.

At the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, we are pleased to issue today’s special pink edition that is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. The ribbon that appears on today’s A-1 and the pink news pages found throughout today’s edition stand as a commemorative honor to all women who have battled this disease. And, we hope, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of breast cancer prevention.

Once again this year, Princeton Community Hospital will be holding free screenings for women, including breast exams, hemoccult testing and pelvic exams, to detect cancer in its earliest stages. This year’s free screenings will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon.

During this event, the hospital partners with the American Cancer Society and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program to provide breast, cervical and colo-rectal screenings for women, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.

Last year, 280 women registered for the screening — the largest number since the event began in 2005. It is our hope that we can top last year’s record on Oct. 27.

We applaud Princeton Community Hospital and the many volunteers who provide this service for women across our region.

And for those women who do not attend the screening and have not had a yearly checkup, we encourage them to call their physician today to schedule an appointment.

We also ask all our residents who have a special woman in their lives to help motivate them to participate in an annual screening or checkup. Sons ask your mothers. Sisters, ask each other. Husbands ask wives. Moms ask your daughters.

If the special woman in your life has not been screened for breast cancer, ask her to make an appointment today. Then remind her tomorrow, and the next day.

While breast cancer may be in the spotlight throughout October, we must remember that this disease affects the lives of too many women — and their families — throughout the year.

Today, we offer our condolences to those who have lost a loved one to breast cancer, and give our support and prayers to those who are battling it.

And to those who have survived this disease, we salute you for your strength, determination and courage.

 

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