Joan Peckolick is the director of Self chec,www.selfchec.org), a non-profit organization created simply to keep people healthy. It provides, free, personalized, one-to-one tools and resources that promote wellness and prevention of cancers and other chronic diseases that are often preventable, treatable and curable.
The idea behind Self chec is very simple -- by practicing health prevention, many people will not get sick in the first place. By utilizing early detection methods, those of us who may get sick, will have the time to receive treatment before the disease becomes devastating, and still allow time to find a cure where one is possible.
Joan is always looking for folks to help her get Self chec’s message out into the public arena and work on strategies to take Self chec to the next level. If you have some extra time and want to do good, she’d love to hear from you. Her email address is: email@example.com.
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One Egg, My Breasts and Early Detection Screenings…
My mother (and authority figure/guide) used to tell me if I ate at least one egg a day, my breasts would grow and I would finally be able to fill a AA cup. I believed her until I read that eating too many eggs could give me high-cholesterol, which was about the same time that I finally asked my doctor about the connection between eating eggs and growing breasts. You know the answer to that.
It took me well into my early 20’s to find out that my mother was very naïve about a lot of things, but thankfully her message about my breasts did little harm to my body, except turn me off eating eggs for about 28 years.
Now that I am in my 60’s and think I know what it means to take steps towards a healthy life -- especially when it comes to cancer prevention and early detection screenings for my breasts, colon and skin – I am very confused and this time really upset about the recent messages I have been hearing from the US Preventive Task Force and American Cancer Society, our “health authority figures” and “guides”. Unlike my mother’s naive beliefs, their confusing debate about changing the screening guidelines for not only my breasts and cervix, but also my partner’s prostate, has the potential of not only doing more harm to us (and you), but could kill us if we get caught up in the debate, rather than learn how to take personal self-empowering health action for ourselves.
If some in the government and medical community are having trouble figuring it out, what are we to do and who are we to believe? I’ve thought about this a lot and believe that we all need to ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION when deciding what to do about our early detection screenings and our health. We need to talk to our personal healthcare professional and decide together what’s best for us, given each of our own family of origin history. Do the thing that is safe instead of taking a risk, because until they get it right, we are all being forced to take life-saving risks.