01 Nov Breast Cancer Prevention

At the closing of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I feel the need to comment on the glaring disparity between many who promote this month and the necessary movement to prevent breast cancer. This disparity became very obvious when reading two letters published in the Chicago Daily Herald.  "Know the Facts on Breast Cancer Risks" By Karen Malec and "Cancer Prevention a Year Round Task" by Carole Brite. Brite's letter references prevention in the title, but then does not talk about breast cancer prevention at all. She talks about 'preventative screenings' but screenings do not prevent breast cancer from occurring.  Screenings look for and find, according to Brite, 9 out of 10 cases of breast cancer.  While screening for breast cancer is very important as a method of early detection, it does nothing to prevent the cancer from forming in the first place.
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