One of the major health issues facing all women is breast cancer. Just being a
woman and getting older puts us at risk. There is probably not one of us whose
life has not been touched by it.
The good news is that there is much we
can do to identify breast cancer early and save lives, and that’s what I want
to share on this Mother’s Day.
I have been delighted to participate this
year in the national “Mayor’s Campaign Against Breast Cancer.”
program, mayors all over the country are raising awareness about breast cancer,
and encouraging women to take the important early detection steps to save lives
— annual doctor visits and mammograms, and monthly breast self-exams.
When breast cancer is found early, it can be treated.
Kaua’i’s Breast and
Cervical Cancer Project Advisory Committee says that we no longer have any
excuses for putting off our annual exams and mammograms. If cost is a factor,
money may be available to pay for these services.
If you are putting it
off because it takes too much time, there are “One-Stop” appointments that
include the doctor’s visit and the mammogram. You can be finished for the year
in less than two hours. Even some Saturday appointments are available.
you feel shame — don’t put it off any longer. Your family wants you to be here
for a long, long time, and there is no shame in that.
I would particularly
like to thank some of our Kaua’i employers who have allowed this important
message to be brought to their workplace and shared with their female
Mahalo to the Hyatt Regency Kaua’i, the Kaua’i Marriott, and
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, who have shown that they truly care for the
health of their employees.
So, join me in the Mayor’s Campaign Against
Breast Cancer. Through this experience, I have been inspired to have my own
annual mammograms. If you, your mother, sister or auntie are age 50 or over,
and can’t afford to pay, or just have questions about the services, please call
What better way to say Happy Mother’s Day to someone you
Employers wishing to bring this important message to your workforce,
or social service agencies who wish to have staff trained in how to approach
their clients about this issue, may also call.
Our Kaua’i project is a
joint effort of the Hawai’i Department of Health and Ho’ola Lahui Hawai’i. By
each of us taking steps to get the word out, we can save the lives of the women
Mayor, County of Kaua’i