Cancer nearly killed me because I was denied a mammogram!! Change the minimum age to 18+

Be the hope you want to see.“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you.”
-Anita Kanitz

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” – Joseph Campbell

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori Proverb

“Yes, I have cancer and it might not go away, but I can still have a future because life goes on.” – Kris Carr

None of us is an island! From one day to the next everything suddenly changes! The tumor diagnosis and the cancer diagnosis hit you, the people you value and love, out of the sky like a lightning strike and from now on the people around you will change too. Those who call you friends, even close relatives, may suddenly turn away from you and give up on you or those close to you who are affected by the disease. You will get help and support from people you never have expected and you will be abandoned by those you have never expected.
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how dark the path is. We only find out how strong we really are when we have to be strong, for ourselves and for others.
When fighting doesn't help anymore, we have to accept that the end of the way has come for us and the people we love and cherish. Then the rest of life should be spent as comfortably as possible, we should spare ourselves and the loved one from further tortures. I speak here from the bitterest experience. I am myself am a tumor patient and have lost loved ones, relatives, friends and close people by the cruel illness.
Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.Remember that in the darkest hours of life!

Worldwide facts about cancer:

According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2018 there were 17.0 million new cancer cases and 9.5 million cancer deaths worldwide. By 2040, the global burden is expected to grow to 27.5 million new cancer cases and 16.3 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population. The future burden will probably be even larger due to increasing prevalence of factors that increase risk, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and fewer childbirths, in economically transitioning countries.
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. There are over 100 types of cancer, and any part of the body can be affected.
The most common cancers diagnosed in men are prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. For women, the 3 most common cancers are breast, lung, and colorectal.
Childhood cancers account for 1 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. In 2018, about 15,590 children and teens ages (ages 0-19) were diagnosed with cancer. Although uncommon, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally -- it accounts for 1 in 6 deaths around the world.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bill Keane

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner

Anita Kanitz, Stuttgart, Germany
4 months ago
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