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RISE: Cancer screenings are important

Each year, October sees the return of plenty of pink ribbons and fundraisers as Breast Cancer Awareness month aims to help people focus on prevention, but also on the support and resources available for those who have been diagnosed. Particularly given the change in the way hospitals are able to schedule routine screenings and check-ups, which has been combined by an understandable reluctance by patients to be out and about at medical facilities, this year’s theme for the month is especially important.

RISE (Rally In Serving, Supporting, Screening Everyone) is an effort to face the challenge to education and screening in this unusual time. Much of the effort is focused on soliciting donations for organizations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. But there is another important facet to the campaign.

Get screened. Do your self exams. Keep your appointments for check-ups and chats with your doctor and remind others to do the same.

And, by the way, the same goes for screenings for other cancers, too. Yes, breast cancer may be the headliner this month, but it is not the only killer that can be prevented or successfully treated if discovered early enough.

Get fully vaccinated (or get your booster shot if you are eligible and it is time), throw on your mask, keep the hand sanitizer close and get to those appointments, folks. If you have been putting off making one, well, circumstances might mean you have to wait a little longer to get a spot, but make the call anyway.

This month is not just about money raised (although those donations do a lot of good), it is about saving lives by reminding people to take matters into their own hands and get screened.

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