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Good News: Cancer Deaths on the Decline

October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have been reading a lot about breast cancer and how it affects lives. I don't think I have cried this much while surfing the web. When I saw the headline "Report Shows Cancer Deaths Declining," I felt like jumping for joy! A new report indicates that cancer deaths in the US are down. Looks like the prevention strategies of early detection and better treatments are working and the statistics show it.

Two things are still problematic, though. One being that Native Americans are not benefiting from the prevention strategies at the same rate as other Americans. The second problem is smoking. Oh how I hate smoking. It seems the number of women smoking is not decreasing, and more people are taking up the icky habit earlier. Here are a few reasons and tips on quitting smoking, just in case you need them.

To end on a good note and with a little healthful reminder: Breast cancer deaths are down (that is the "good note"), but not enough women are getting breast exams (that would be the reminder – and here is a way to get an email reminder every month from iVillage). Also be sure to get an annual clinical breast exam.

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ktacce ktacce 8 years
smoking is ridiculous.
ktacce ktacce 8 years
smoking is ridiculous.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
My mother is Oglala Lakota, and has lived on the Pine Ridge reservation - the poorest reservation in the American territory - for most of her life. I was born and raised in Africa, for the most part, but spent a good chunk of my time on her reservation, attending high school there. It's not just early prevention education the people are lacking, but the basic will to survive. While I don't want anyone to misinterpret this as a mere stereotype, alcoholism and drug use rule most of the lives of those at Pine Ridge, and it's because there is a piss-poor education system coupled with almost zero job opportunities. The communities outside the reservations fear Native Americans because of ignorance, and we ourselves cannot possibly trust white doctors and white hospitals because of the forced sterlization of Lakota women who were unfortunate enough to give birth in white hospitals. This isn't historical talk, either, because women have been unknowingly sterilized by white doctors after birth up until the late 1990s - they're given consent forms to sign while in the height of their birth... and ladies, these are native women who are raised traditionalist and don't allow the interference of ANY painkillers or drugs during birth. It's a sad sad sad thing that Native American's aren't able to access the care they need to prevent a shorter life span, but I'm really not surprised by it. Hopefully Breast Cancer Awareness month will reach the reservations of America - it could certainly do a lot of good.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
My mother is Oglala Lakota, and has lived on the Pine Ridge reservation - the poorest reservation in the American territory - for most of her life. I was born and raised in Africa, for the most part, but spent a good chunk of my time on her reservation, attending high school there. It's not just early prevention education the people are lacking, but the basic will to survive. While I don't want anyone to misinterpret this as a mere stereotype, alcoholism and drug use rule most of the lives of those at Pine Ridge, and it's because there is a piss-poor education system coupled with almost zero job opportunities. The communities outside the reservations fear Native Americans because of ignorance, and we ourselves cannot possibly trust white doctors and white hospitals because of the forced sterlization of Lakota women who were unfortunate enough to give birth in white hospitals. This isn't historical talk, either, because women have been unknowingly sterilized by white doctors after birth up until the late 1990s - they're given consent forms to sign while in the height of their birth... and ladies, these are native women who are raised traditionalist and don't allow the interference of ANY painkillers or drugs during birth. It's a sad sad sad thing that Native American's aren't able to access the care they need to prevent a shorter life span, but I'm really not surprised by it. Hopefully Breast Cancer Awareness month will reach the reservations of America - it could certainly do a lot of good.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
That is good news! :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
That is good news! :)
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