October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a reminder for all of us to do something. Throughout the month of October women are encouraged to make mammography appointments.
Some may wonder why a man is writing a letter about breast cancer, which is mainly a women's disease, but it is a disease that affects all of us. The ones we love are affected by this insidious disease, like our mothers, sisters, wives, lovers, or life companion.
I know my wife of 28 years goes every year for the test, and I know it scares her because breast cancer runs in her family and has friends who have had the disease. Each time she goes for the test, I'm afraid to hear the worst and maybe lose the most important person in my life.
I know many men have fears like myself, but we all must remember that early detection is the answer. When coupled with new treatment options, mammography screenings do improve a woman's chance of survival.
We all need to get involved and do what we can to help in the fight against this most insidious disease, such as donating money to the American Cancer Society and organizations that help women cope with this disease.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village