If you have seen the news today, you are probably aware that Elizabeth Edward breast cancer has returned.Â Now, I am not writing about this because she is the wife of former Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards.Â Unlike some bloggers I read, I probably wouldn’t recognize the Presidential Candidate in aisle 2 at Durham Target (though I have to admit that the fact that they shop at Target only endears them more to me). So this might be a bit opportunistic of me to use her personal problems as a vault to a personal agenda, but since she is a relatively high profile, I decided that rather than having my own little PPT story here, I would use this opportunity to remind everybody about the importance of Early Detection and testing in the fight against breast cancer. (Please forgive me Elizabeth, I do of course wish you well).
When you look at them, the statistics are staggering, and really quite frightening.Â Because both my wife’s family and my own family have had to contend with this, I have always assumed that everybody was so aware of the risks and the importance of self-exams, Mammograms and the like that I always thought that the only”real problem” left was finding a cure.Â Unfortunately this seems to not be the case.
Of course we do also still have that problem of finding a cure.Â Though we are making strides, there is still so much we need to learn to help eradicate this problem.Â Now places such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, have done a great deal to both raise awareness and help raise money for research, but we are not there yet.
If you are a woman and at “that age” or are a “high risk” person, then please take the time to get tested.Â If you are aman, talk to your spouse, your girlfriend, you significant other about it.Â If you can donate, please do so.Â You never know, the person who benefits most someday could be you or somebody your love.