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Prevention is the key to a healthy community

10/24/2013, 5:57 p.m. | Updated on 10/29/2013, 1:41 p.m.
Sixty-nine years ago my grandmother died of breast cancer. She may have lived if she had access to medical care. ...
Mollie Finch Belt, publisher of The Dallas Examiner

The Sisters Network, a National African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization, stresses the importance of good health. Things like regular physical activity not only reduces your risk of obesity and high blood pressure, but can also take preventative measures against breast cancer.

The key is African American women must be aggressive in taking care of their bodies. We must schedule appointments to take mammograms every year. As a general rule after the age of 40, yearly mammograms are recommended. We must make and keep follow-up appointments with physicians. We must be diligent, be compliant and follow instructions of physicians.

We must take control of our health. The Affordable Care Act will make access available to all women, but we have to make it a priority to sign up for the insurance and encourage others to do so.

Not only should we take care of ourselves, we must take care of our community. For breast cancer survivors, we must share our experiences and talk to others about the importance of mammogram screenings.

Dallas is no longer a segregated city with limited access to medical care; let’s take advantage of what our government and medical community offers. Let’s help keep our community healthy.

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