EDITORIAL: Cancer Can Strike at Any Time — Get Tested

Throughout the month of October, Americans across the country have been sponsoring walks, raising money, holding educational workshops and remembering those who have died from breast cancer.

Black women are particularly susceptible to this insidious disease which is why they have been advised to get tested on an annual basis. Unfortunately, not all women follow the advice of their doctor – if they even have a personal physician.

The Republican Party almost has a rabid-like desire to reverse President Obama’s landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act [ACA]. However, we do not support their efforts.

Why? Because the ACA encourages and allows funds to be directed to getting tested regularly for illnesses that, if caught early, can often be overcome with the right treatment and diet. In a word, it’s called preventive care and it makes a lot of sense.

Blacks don’t have to die at record numbers from breast cancer, diabetes, prostate cancer or heart disease. But we can’t sit at home hoping that we’ll feel better soon and expect that we’ll miraculously be healed.

November will mark the time Americans without health insurance can sign up for a plan that fits their budget. Do your homework, get a regular and then get that annual checkup. It may be a lifesaver.

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