If you watched Monday night football recently and saw NFL players wearing pink, there was nothing wrong with your television set. I’ll go a step further and answer your question before you ask it, “yes; they are all getting in touch with their feminine side.” Being “Pink” is the in thing.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I’m sure I don’t have to remind you about that. Pink bows and images are everywhere in an attempt to remind us of the “cause.”
Even still, many women are not doing self-examinations each month, nor are they seeing their doctors or getting mammograms on a regular basis. According to Dr. Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, Associate Dean, Office of Policy and Planning, Professor of Medicine and Principal Investigation at the Bioethics Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, there is scientific evidence that proves the most dangerous form of breast cancer is found more often in African American women.
Now, that research didn’t say “women of color” or “minority women,” the research stated, “African American women.” That’s right, we are the demographic that carries the highest risk of the most deadly form of this horrible disease. This subtype of breast cancer called “Triple Negative Breast Cancer” is the single most aggressive form of the disease. “Triple Negative” does not respond to current medical therapies used to treat the breast cancer that science understands most. Today, the words “triple negative” are ones you don’t want to hear. However, it doesn’t mean the battle is lost. There’s still more than enough hope to go around.
We have to start by doing monthly self-examinations. We need to visit our doctor regularly and go for our mammograms regardless of how uncomfortable it may be. Most importantly, if you are someone who has triple negative breast cancer, getting a doctor that can help you find reputable clinical trials in which you may qualify for may be the answer. Not only could a clinical trial possibly help you beat the disease, it may assist in a medical breakthrough for so many other women.
There’s something more significant and profoundly specific about breast cancer. For women, it not only has the potential to leave you scarred physically, but it can emotionally force her into a situation in which she may feel inadequate compared to other women. With a reputable clinical trial you could have access to medicine that may not yet be approved by the FDA but could possibly help in combatting the disease. If you don’t believe a clinical trial is the way to go, then keep reasearching and asking your doctor for options regardless of how annoyed he or she may get. Never stop looking for alternatives and more than anything, be conscious of God, who can and always will make a fool of science when he gets good and ready.
Those battling breast cancer have a right to find out more about how they can beat this disease. Not just for themselves for those of us sitting on the sidelines, cheering them on.
These women, and sometimes men, deserve the opportunity to have active, involved medical practitioners on their side when it comes to recommendations and innovative steps in medical research relating to a disease that may become a primary focus in their lives.
Finding a cure is not only important it’s a must. Not just for those who are battling the disease today, but for our daughters who may grow up to face breast cancer in their very own lives. This year, we have the opportunity to elect local officials who may or may not support healthcare issues that are most important to us. Let’s make it clear that finding a cure for breast cancer is an initiative that must be on the table and must be supported by political figures if they expect to get our votes. Being “Pink” really is in!