Published in Cape May County Herald. http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/article_a700f0fc-e7a5-11e5-9418-d7fff5f903c3.html
Many women in developed and developing countries
hesitate to visit doctors for their regular cancer check-up. They go
when they have a problem, which puts their health at risk. Cancer is one
of the many reasons many women die every year, which is curable if
treated in its early stage.
My older sister died recently (January 2016) from
breast cancer. She never went to her doctor for her regular check-up.
Whenever I asked her to visit the doctor, she used to say, "I am
healthy, I do not have any problems, I don't need to go to the hospital,
and I will go only if I fall ill."
I talked to my friend who resides in Cape May
County, and who is a breast cancer survivor, and who got all her
treatment in Philadelphia. She had her treatment some 10 years ago.
She told me, "I highly recommend that every woman
visit a hospital, the sooner the better, for care and treatment, since
women shouldn't wait until after to get an assessment of their state of
health. They need to visit the oncologist to get blood work and a
mammogram or MRI to see their status. After a breast cancer diagnosis,
they have to undergo radiological imaging and blood tests."
She said ten years ago when she had chemotherapy
they provided excellent quality services and care. She is now fine.
Women can't go wrong with a routine check-up.
My friend added, “The actual cost depends on the chemo drugs and it can vary.”
Newly diagnosed with breast cancer, another
friend from Rio Grande said to me, “I am undergoing chemotherapy. I have
always been a healthy person but after feeling pains and occasional
dizziness and irregular menstruation, I decided to check into the
hospital emergency room. I was admitted and underwent dozens of blood
tests, including cancer tests, and gave dozens of blood samples. As
confirmed by the hospital tests, I was diagnosed with breast cancer even
though I had no family history of breast cancer. The doctors who
oversaw my hospital treatment said after treatment is done, I should
return to my customary life.
"Every woman needs a yearly gynecological exam
schedule for a pelvic exam, such as a mammogram test. An annual exam is
important for health and they need to know how much it will cost for
I am planning on organizing talk programs on breast cancer awareness and empowering women with knowledge and information in Court House.