Well the party is over, the pink confetti has all fallen to the ground, and everyone can put away their pink stuff until next year. Actually, I feel a little deflated because the media didn’t blow us away with breast cancer awareness stuff all month. The elections have been the monster topic. And for me I am done talking about ” breast cancer awareness month.” My tangent is over, I’ve said what I needed to say. If I have said anything to offend anyone ” tough.”
Don’t get mad. I am all about breast cancer awareness, been there, done that. I am not heartless, I just want the song to be about taking action now. Not waiting and watching. Not letting this sit and percolate. Changing doctors if yours is a slug. Taking control of your life!
Cancer is the scariest disease. It can hide in your body while you go about your life unaware or it can knock you to your knees with it’s symptomology. We really don’t know all the causes, we can guess, or point our fingers in a million different directions. It could be the preservatives in our foods, the packaging, household products like plastic and insulation, electrical wires hanging overhead, underground toxins, above ground toxins, hygiene products, implants in our bodies, genetics, or any number of culprits. Who is to know for sure?
I remember when I was growing up in Detroit the city would send around these little colored cards to every home in our neighborhood with the date that they were going to spray for mosquitoes. They were probably using some now banned toxin. The card said what time they would start spraying, and that everyone had to stay inside for several hours afterward. My siblings and I would watch in awe out the windows as they fogged our neighborhood. It was like a spooky movie as the trucks and workers moved through the streets leaving behind this hanging curtain of chemicals. Were they helping or harming all of us? What about the workers on the trucks? How much were the workers exposed? The information below was taken from a web site in New York. All we got back then for notification was a little card. All it said was what time, and too close your windows. No warnings, no information, no numbers to call for help. Just the card stating when they were going to fog the neighborhood. Remember that many of the products and chemicals that we used in the past our now banned, or at least carry a “caution when using”sticker. What do you think about what is written below?
“What Can I Do if There is Spraying in My Community?
- “What Can I Do if There is Spraying in My Community?” is also available in Portable Document Format.
If mosquito, bird and/or human surveillance activities show that a mosquito-borne virus is present in your community, local officials may make the decision to spray a pesticide to kill mosquitoes. They will notify the public in advance about where and when spraying will take place and the kind of pesticide that will be used. You will find fact sheets about some pesticides commonly used to kill mosquitoes (Anvil, Scourge and Malathion) posted on the New York State Department of Health website (www.health.state.ny.us).
Chemicals used to kill adult mosquitoes are distributed by spray from trucks, airplanes, or helicopters. In addition, chemical and biological agents used to kill larval (immature) mosquitoes are occasionally distributed by airplane or helicopter. Because of where larval mosquitoes live, these are distributed over bodies of water, thus, humans are less at risk to come into contact with larval pesticides. Because pesticides are inherently toxic, no pesticide is absolutely risk free. The likelihood of experiencing adverse health effects as result of exposure to any pesticide depends primarily on the amount of pesticide which a person contacts and the amount of time the person is in contact with that pesticide. In addition, a person’s age, sex, genetic makeup, lifestyle and/or general health characteristics can affect his or her likelihood of experiencing adverse health effects as result of exposure to pesticides. Although your chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are quite low, the following common sense steps will help you reduce possible exposures to pesticides before, during, or after spraying.
Steps you should take:
- Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when practical.
- If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying. That time period will greatly reduce the likelihood of your breathing pesticides in the air.
- Close windows and doors and turn off window air-conditioning units or close their vents to circulate indoor air before spraying begins. Windows and air-conditioner vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying.
- If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin. Wash clothes that come in direct contact with spray separately from other laundry.
- Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health effects from spraying.
Steps you may want to take:
- If spraying just occurred, minimize your contact with outdoor surfaces and wash skin that has come in contact with these surfaces.
- Pick homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before spraying takes place. Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables (in fact, all produce) thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.
- Cover outdoor tables and play equipment before spraying or wash them off with detergent and water after they have been sprayed.
- Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins (wash with detergent and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying).
- Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental fishponds to avoid direct exposure.
For more information contact your county health department or visit the Department website at http://www.health.state.ny.us.New York State Department of Health
Fight the Bite
Albany, New York 12220
World Wide Web
Environmental Health Information:
Publication 2750 “
Cancer comes uninvited into our bodies. We have to pay attention to our health and what is going on inside. We have to take action when things start going wrong. Again, let me remind you that I have known five or more people who were told to watch and wait when they found a lump. Later they ended up having to go through horrendous cancer treatment when it was finally acknowledged that the lump in their body was cancer.
Part of the reason behind the increase in statistics for cancer, and there is an increase, is that our testing is getting so much better. Doctors find it sooner, but, they don’t necessarily take action right away or the patient doesn’t actually follow through right away. Whatever the cause for the wait, we need to take action sooner rather then later.
For me I was lucky that my waiting did not result in the cancer spreading anywhere else. I was very lucky. Still I am always fearful when I get ill, or when some new thing starts happening in my body. This is a fear that will always be present. I don’t obsess but I definitely worry.
Did you know that November is lung cancer awareness month. I didn’t. I heard it once on the radio. I don’t see banners, news reports, the selling of products, races, or super stars promoting support for this deadly disease. My guess is most people are so much more sensitive to women, mothers, young girls getting sick and dying from breast cancer, that it is easier for the promoters to make the big bucks then any other cancer type. Thus all the media attention.
I know at times I can be harsh but this is not the time to be gentle, it is the time to TAKE ACTION NOW. Let’s not let down our guard where our health is concerned. Be assertive, be strong, take control of your health and wellness before you become one of the statistics like me ( 1 in 9). Have a great and healthy day today, you deserve it.