Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 23, 2013

A salute: Pink pages honor all those who have battled breast cancer

— — Not so long ago, breast cancer was a silent killer. Women diagnosed with the ailment did not speak about it, and measures for preventing it were rarely a topic of public discussion.

Today breast cancer is not so silent. A spotlight of public attention and medical research is now focused on it. This spotlight becomes especially bright each October when the media, medical professionals and others urge women to learn more about breast cancer and take steps toward getting checkups and a lifesaving early diagnosis.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph is pleased to publish today’s special pink edition dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Today’s edition is a commemorative honor to all women who have fought this disease. We also hope these pink pages remind everyone about the importance of breast cancer prevention.

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we must remember that this disease impacts lives throughout the year. It can develop at any time, so annual checkups and scans are vital. The sooner the disease is detected the sooner treatment can begin, and the better the chances are for survival. We urge all women to schedule an appointment with their physician today if they have not done so already. It is a checkup that should not be put off.

We are also asking all our residents who have special women in their lives to urge them to seek annual screenings or checkups. Daughters and sons should ask their mothers. Sisters should ask each other to be checked. Husbands ask wives and moms should ask their daughters. Constant reminders made with love could stop breast cancer before it gains a fatal foothold.

If any of these special women have not made an appointment, urge them to make one today. If she doesn’t do it, keep on reminding her, and do it every day. The sooner the appointments are made, the sooner any lurking cancer can be stopped in its tracks.

Today, we offer our condolences to those who have lost a loved one to breast cancer, and offer our prayers and support to those who are still fighting the battle.

To those who have survived breast cancer, we salute your determination and courage in the face of this adversity. You stand as inspiration for people who are still fighting breast cancer. Please use your experience to help others facing the diagnosis and the treatment. You can show them that breast cancer  can be beaten.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to remember loved ones lost to breast cancer and to encourage those loved ones who are still fighting the disease. Always remember that breast cancer can be defeated if it is detected and treated early. Annual checkups and scans reduce the chances for breast cancer to be fatal. Urge the special women in your life to be checked, and you could help save a life.


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