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First Lady Tonette Walker Says Prevention is Key to Fighting Breast Cancer

Stay strong in your fight, lean on family members and friends when you need to, and know that my hope for you is a clean bill of health someday soon.

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

This week, Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker delivered the following radio address titled Combating Breast Cancer.

Hi, I am Tonette Walker.

My heart goes out to each and every person who has ever had to hear those dreadful words — you have cancer. Suddenly, the only thing that matters is getting well for yourself and your family.  It’s a journey full of hope, prayer and, for too many people, pain.  Your best chance of survival is a strong support system, a lot of fight, and an early diagnosis. 

October is breast cancer awareness month, so I wanted to take this opportunity to talk to you about the disease that affects so many women, men and families in Wisconsin.  Every year, thousands of people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with breast cancer, but it’s a fight you can win. 

First, know your risk factors and family history.  Do a self-exam at least once a month and see your doctor right away if you have any concerns.  To help prevent breast cancer, live a healthy lifestyle: Eat right, get exercise, don’t smoke — making good choices now could make all the difference later.

To those who are currently fighting the battle against breast cancer, please know that you are not alone. Here in Wisconsin we have exceptional doctors and medical care staff. They’re making huge strides in the research, detection, and treatment of cancer. 

Stay strong in your fight, lean on family members and friends when you need to, and know that my hope for you is a clean bill of health someday soon, so you can stand with the thousands of people in Wisconsin who call themselves survivors. Together, Wisconsin can help win the fight against breast cancer. 

Lyle Ruble October 12, 2012 at 03:56 AM
@Nuitari...You are not as susceptible. Check the rate for males. It is predominately a woman's disease. 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer and 1 in 1000 men develop breast cancer.
Craig October 12, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Great opening...Nuitari...Lyle.....Cow...Steve (this is not a joke) How many of you do self exams for testicular cancer? Would you have your boys crushed in a machine for an image to be taken? Where would you go to have this done? I am certain it will not be at PP (no pun intended)
Steve ® October 12, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Epilepsy kills more than breast cancer. Boob cancer grabs the media attention it's hip and pink And female. It's. distraction just like all liberal causes.
Greg October 12, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I don't know that the numbers that you want are available, and even if they were I don't know that I would trust them. An example is Lyle stating that 3% of the $1 billion budget goes to abortion, yet 10% of the services are abortions. I think that it is in PP's best interests to minimize the costs of abortion services.
Tosa720 October 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
As a 4 time cancer survivor, I strongly believe in early detection,& immediate committed treatment. I 'm happy - enjoying the quality of life. I could never take a day, week, month or year away from anyone who had the possibility of detection & survival. Planned Parenthood provides a huge service to those who have no place else to go for these tests.. Thousands have survived breast, uterine, &ovarian cancer because of the early detection tests done by PP. Before any man feels it necessary to oppose the need for Planned Parenthood, or comment on what PP does, ask yourselves this: If YOUR own mother were faced with this illness when you were a child, &had a chance of being diagnosed properly, would you question whether that chance came from a publicly funded source before wanting her to go there, or would you welcome it? Saving your mother would be most important.. Every child deserves the love &support of their mother. PP provides this chance for mothers & children. There is NO issue important enough to deprive anyone this chance- whether it be money, supposed or imagined conflicts of interest, or political or religious beliefs. These exams & results provided truly save lives. Ask any child if it is "worth it" to save their mother, then believe them & support the efforts of Planned Parenthood, or else have the balls enough to face that child, or a sister, husband, etc.,& tell them that their loved one one simply does not deserve to survive.

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