As everyone knows, I am not a fan of pink football gear. Â My team’s colors are black and gold. Â But that does NOT mean I don’t support Breast Cancer Awareness or the efforts to find a cure for the variety of cancers that will kill more than half a million Americans in 2009 alone.
I applaud the NFL for creating a partnership and boosting awareness of a disease that kills an estimated 40,000 woman annually; only lung cancer kills more women, according to the American Cancer Society. Â Women need to be aware of the warning signs and ultimately get annual screenings for a variety of cancers. Â Taking care of yourself by exercising and eating healthy result in reduced cancer risks. Â But ultimately, being able to have those screenings are important. Â Caught early, the five year survival rate is 98 percent. However, if it’s caught late, the survival rate drops to 24 percent.
This plays into the current political debate. Â I urge everyone to think carefully about the impact not having health care reform will have, not just on you, but on all Americans. Â For example, among uninsured women, only 30 percent had a mammogram during the past two years, versus 70 percent for insured women. Â The ultimate goal is that all women will have annual mammograms after age 40 and increase survival rates- while decreasing risk factors. It’s hard sometimes to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and wonder why someone doesn’t have health insurance, assuming they are undocumented or whatever other ridiculous excuse you can come up with. Â It isn’t until something hits close to home that many are able to view the situation from another point of view. In this instance, we need health care for all Americans. Period.
And while Â I’m definitely no fan of the pink, and likely won’t be waving a pink terrible towel anytime soon, I will support Breast Cancer Awareness just as I always have through donating, advocating and volunteering my time to fight cancer.
I urge you to do the same. Â It’s not just in how you “show” support through what you wear or what you wave…it’s actually donating your resources in time and money, and advocating for health care for all Americans. Â Something I have done my entire adult life.
Hopefully I don’t need to show you my professional accomplishments or my tax returns to get you to understand that my commitment has nothing to do with wearing or waving pink.
Again, I salute the NFL for bringing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness – and their commitment to female football fans.