Jill Biden Urges Americans to Make Time for Cancer Screenings: ‘Put Your Health FirstDon’t Delay

Jill Biden Urges Americans to Make Time for Cancer Screenings: 'Put Your Health First ... Don't Delay'

영부인 박사. 질 바이든 has a reminder on World Cancer Day — and it’s one she knows that can be easy to forget.

Take care of yourself, she writes in a message to the American public, shared with PEOPLE.

Life is hectic. There’s work, 어린이, 부모, commuting, errands to run, a never-ending to-do list — and for the past two years we’ve been dealing with a global pandemic on top of everything else in our daily lives,” the first lady, 70, 씁니다.

“나는 그것을 얻는다,” 그녀는 계속한다. “The last thing you have time for, or want to do, is get your cancer screenings. 하지만 오늘, on World Cancer Day, I’m asking you to put your health first, just for a moment. If you’re like millions of other Americans, you may have missed a pap smear, colonoscopy, mammogram, or another critical cancer screening in the last two years of the pandemic — but cancer doesn’t stop for COVID.

“그래서, if you’ve put off going to the doctor, schedule your appointment today,” Biden urges. “If you’ve put off your recommended cancer screenings, don’t delay them any longer.

The issue is personal for the first lady and her family, and they have long spoken publicly about how cancer has darkened their lives — son 아름다운 died of brain cancer in 2015 — while motivating them to work toward reducing its threat.

Cancer touches all of us in some way and it doesn’t care if you’re busy,” she writes in her new message, signed with anXO, Jill.

Early detection of cancer could save your life and there’s nothing on your to-do list more important than that,” she writes before encouraging the public to use cancer.gov/screeningtests 에게 “find out more about the screenings you may need atbook your appointment, and spread the word today!”

(진지하게, she adds in a postscript, “share this! Share it with your friends, your families, your Facebook friends from high school, your work colleague from three jobs ago. 이상 9.5 million cancer screenings were missed in the last two years.”)

이번주 초, the Biden White House announced they were relaunching theirCancer Moonshotprogram focused on reducing deaths from cancer by 50 percent in the next 25 years and to improve the lives of people and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

The first lady spoke at a Wednesday kickoff event alongside President 조 바이든.

Certain words have the power to make time stop: 악의 있는. 공격적인. Terminal. 암,” 그녀가 말했다. “Like a spell, they still the air around us. Frozen in place, we feel the world we knew slipping away. In the span of a breath, a thousand questions fill our minds. ‘What can I do? How do I tell people? Why did this happen?’ “

For Joe and me, [암] has stolen our joy,” 그녀는 계속했다. “It left us broken in our grief. But through that pain, we found purpose, strengthening our fortitude for this fight to end cancer as we know it.