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Published: Thursday, May 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, May 28 2014 9:36 p.m. MDT

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Another Thought...
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It seems like you are talking apples and oranges. Early detection of breast cancer makes it easier to treat. The problem is that too many people think "it won't happen to me" and wait too long for the tests. That's why they campaign so hard.

My wife was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer through her annual mammogram. It still required surgery and radiation treatment. It was a painful and scary process, although I do understand it could have been much worse if it was not detected early.

As a result of our experience, we encourage friends and family to participate in the screenings for early detection. If it gets caught early, medical professionals have a fairly good idea of what to do to treat it.

We also want better treatment for late stage detection. There are plenty of people already onboard with funding for research and improving treatments. We participate in raising funds for ongoing research to effectively conquer breast cancer. That's the second part of the process.

I hope you realize that this is a two pronged fight against cancer. Good luck in your recovery.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Really, it's as if we don't understand cancer at all. Does the medical establishment? Take two of the most common cancers - breast and prostate. It's hard to impossible to distinguish the killer varieties and those which will do no harm. We need accurate biomarkers.

JeanneS
Fresno, CA

One thing not commented on is Denise's age. Since she was only 37 at diagnosis she was too young for regular free mammograms through ObamaCare, and definitely not encouraged to seek that screening with no family history. It must have taken great courage and a wonderful, positive attitude to have sent Stage 4 to remission. Congratulations, and great article well written.

anon1234
Lewisvlle, TX

Excellent points. Great to hear another point of view instead of the usual "get detected early". Doesn't always happen that way, and I too feel it's important to have a voice for those individuals who might be passed off as "incurable".

Anonyme
Orem, UT

Another Thought says "The problem is that too many people think 'it won't happen to me' and wait too long for the tests." That was not Ms. Neish's problem. After all, what tests should a 37-year-old be having? Routine mammograms are not medically indicated for women under 40, and a recent government task force recommended that they don't need to start until age 50. Yes, women should be doing self-exams. But according to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancers that are found because they can be felt tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast.”

A routine mammogram saved my life, but that was because I was old enough to be getting routine mammograms. Cancers that occur before 40 are usually more aggressive. Encouraging “friends and family to participate in the screenings for early detection” only helps those of a certain age. Ms. Neish has every right to feel dismayed at the implication that early detection might have helped her. I know a woman who, 10 months after a normal mammogram, was found to have stage IV cancer, (which she has successfully fought). I wish Ms. Neish all the best.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

It's soo sad to think about not having your mom around, or wife or any of the girls in your life, suffer the mental anguish, plus all the pains in her body.

daisy5
AMERICAN FORK, UT

Thank you for the well-wishes of those who commented. I was especially glad to hear from the woman who has battled breast cancer herself. Happy that she could see my perspective. Another Thought- I appreciated your comments, and am happy that your wife is now healthy. "Insufficient" just means that it's not enough. "Early detection" is obviously always going to be an important message, but we have been saying the same thing for years now. What we shouldn't say that we need to get checked before it's "too late". We can do better than that. Let's put some of that "early detection" campaign money toward actually finding a cure for breast cancer! I think it's shameful that there has not been much improvement in treatment for the last decade for this terrible disease. Those who have battled early stage breast cancer should also insist that we work harder to find a cure, because they have a much higher chance of recurrence, and next time it may be metastatic. Did we just give up after the "early detection" campaign?

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