Cancer Doesn’t Stop for COVID-19. Get Screened Today!!!

Nothing “religious” today. Just a simple message: Don’t put off getting screened for cancer!!! Whether it’s routine screening or you think something is wrong with you, don’t put off getting screened and/or checked out. We are learning the hard way that Americans are ending up with more advanced cancers that would have been less so if they were screened. I can tell you that as COVID-19 is raging cancer is right along with it. It doesn’t stop for any pandemic.

I am involved with a study of how the pandemic has impacted cancer screenings and treatment. I can’t share the data because we have a manuscript under review, but I can say it’s scary. People are putting off screenings and physician visits that would have caught cancers earlier. Everyone is so focused on COVID-19 that cancer is flying under the radar screen.

We worked with the Wall Street Journal on this article:

Covid-19 Outbreaks Led to Dangerous Delay in Cancer Diagnoses: ‘Cancer doesn’t take a pause’ but amid the pandemic, many Americans avoided oncology screenings and other potentially lifesaving procedures

I’m not trying to scare you. I’m just trying to get you, or anyone you know, screened for cancer, whether routine screening or because there is a potential problem. Help save lives!!!

Thanks and have an EXCEPTIONAL weekend!!!

Cancer

I live in the world of cancer, almost every day. I run a national organization of cancer clinics, spend way too much time on Capitol Hill lobbying on cancer issues, and, as if that isn’t enough, my wife is an oncology nurse. Cancer the disease is all around us, unfortunately. But there are other cancers that spread just like the disease.

Hate is a cancer. It may not start out as hate but it can grow from a little spot of dislike to a full-blown cancer of hate. We see way too much of that “cancer” in the world today.

Depression is a cancer. It may start with a loss of hope but pretty soon it can bloom into depression. Like cancer the disease, depression can literally shut down your body. And lead to death.

Cancer the disease is bad enough. I have a prayer line every day for people I know battling cancer. But I also have a prayer line for those battling the “cancers” of loss, hopelessness, addiction, etc. For the disease and all those other “cancers” prayer is powerful medicine. Handing yourself over to God can stop the progression and start letting light into your life. As I like to say, “Let go, let God.”

Pray, pray, pray! It’s not like rubbing a magic lamp to get three wishes granted. It’s open, honest conversation with God. Talking and listening. Praying for whatever cancer you face, or a love one or friend is facing, may be stopped and healed. I know this sounds simple and “cookbookish” but it works.

PRAY! It’s a Secret to Life.

Have a FANTASTIC weekend and week ahead!