10/26/16 - Cancer Awareness

10/26/16 - Cancer Awareness

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

The month of October is coming to a close, and with it an end to breast cancer awareness month. The color pink will fade away, but for the millions of people affected by this disease breast cancer will remain a constant reality. We should all keep in mind that awareness, be it about breast cancer or any other cancer, is more than a color coded marketing campaign we recognize once a year.

Cancer is an indiscriminate killer. It doesn't stop because October comes to an end. It doesn't care about your race, your religion, your age, or your education level. I don't know anyone that doesn't know someone that has been affected by cancer.  Most of us have lost family members or seen lives changed forever because of this terrible disease. And that needs to stop. Studies have shown early detection increases a patient's chance of survival, and the key to early detection is awareness.

So as the month of October comes to a close, don't let your cancer awareness come to an end. Know your risks, talk with your doctor, get the recommended annual screenings, and make healthy lifestyle choices. While scientists work on finding a cure for the deadly disease, we must take it upon ourselves to stop cancer in its tracks. Not just at certain times of the year, but all year long.

I'm Scott Thomas and that's our ViewPoint.

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