Letters to the Editor

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Tag: breast cancer

Feb.
26th

HEALTH: Support bill on breast density notification

A bill that would protect women from missed, delayed and late-stage breast cancer diagnosis has stalled in the state Senate. Senate Bill 5040 would require the facility where your mammogram was performed to include three sentences in your results letter if you have dense tissue.

A mammogram shows that breast tissue is dense. Dense tissue is common but can make it harder to evaluate the results of a mammogram. This information about a mammogram result is given to raise awareness and to inform conversations with a patient’s primary care provider; a report of the mammogram results are sent to primary care providers.

Forty percent of women have dense

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Oct.
10th

ELECTION: O’Ban bill protects women

One of the many reasons I am supporting Steve O’Ban for state senator is that he is passionate about protecting women. An example of this is a bill he introduced last legislative session that would require reporting to the woman and her doctor if her mammogram revealed dense tissue, thus putting her at greater risk of developing breast cancer.

He explained to me that four of the most important people in his life – his wife, his mother and his two sisters – could benefit from this protection, as would all women in Washington. Such early detection has the potential to save many lives.

(Carrell

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Feb.
6th

KOMEN: Parker confuses issues of conscience

Columnist Kathleen Parker (TNT, 2-5) asserts that reaction to the Susan G. Komen foundation action and the rule including contraceptive care in health care “tread on fundamental freedoms” of “conscience and religious liberty.”

While Parker’s columns can be interesting, she has missed the mark on this one. She confuses the rights of individuals with organizational obligations.

While Komen is legally free to decide how to distribute the money it receives, that money is obtained from individuals choosing to fight breast cancer and improve women’s health. The reaction to Komen’s decision by thousands of those same individuals who choose not

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Feb.
3rd

KOMEN: Consider impact of donation decisions

I am writing not only as the executive director of Komen Puget Sound but also as a breast cancer survivor. I have spent the last 30 years of my life fighting for low-income and underserved women and families in communities across the country.

From my experience, when political and personal agendas come into play, in most cases it’s women – and underserved women in particular – who suffer.

While not everyone has had to personally battle breast cancer, nearly everyone knows someone who has had breast cancer touch their lives. Komen Puget Sound is the single largest provider of breast

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Feb.
1st

CANCER: Komen charity rightly redirects dollars

Re: “Charity halts grants to Planned Parenthood” (TNT, 2-1).

I take issue with Sen. Patty Murray, who is quoted as saying the investigation into the use of $487 million in tax dollars from government grants and reimbursements to Planned Parenthood is “shameful.”

Let’s consider the facts: 11  states have eliminated or decreased funding to Planned Parenthood and redirected resources to other health-care providers, four states are investigating Planned Parenthood for overpricing and/or improperly billing drugs that are being reimbursed from tax dollars, Planned Parenthood has admitted firing or retraining staff who didn’t report underage sexual abuse, and Planned Parenthood has

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Oct.
6th

DISABILITY: Breast cancer patient may qualify for benefits

Re: “Faces of cancer” (thenewstribune.com, 10-5).

I was relieved to read that Mary Docken was able to return to work after winning her battle with breast cancer. Unfortunately, many cancer survivors are not as fortunate. Too often, they are unable to focus on how to regain financial stability because their day-to-day physical recovery is so draining.

Depending on your situation, breast cancer may qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI provides benefits to Americans unable to work due to a severe, long-term disability and is funded by FICA taxes. The key to qualifying for these federal

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June
3rd

CANCER: Walkers helping fight breast cancer

Kathleen Merryman’s story about the “Lady Raiders” (column, 3-31) – military wives supporting the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk – was so inspiring. Last year, I did the walk for the first time and found it to be the most incredibly moving and rewarding experience of my life.

Most everyone knows a family member or friend who has battled breast cancer. In my case, my mom, plus many friends and co-workers. It is a huge commitment of time to train for and do the three-day walk and to do the required fund-raising.

Another opportunity to support this important fight

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