Physicians at Howard University Hospital and Medical Tactile Inc., offer free Sure Touch Breast Exams during last month's annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. PHOTO BY SHEVRY LASSITER
Physicians at Howard University Hospital and Medical Tactile Inc., offer free Sure Touch Breast Exams during last month's annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest. PHOTO BY SHEVRY LASSITER

I was so excited when I read the article “New Tool Helps Fight Blacks Fight Breast Cancer” in this week’s edition of The Washington Informer. As a cancer survivor, I am always interested in hearing about new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Thank goodness there is now a non-radiation, no-pain method to detect breast tumors. Many women are completely turned off by the uncomfortable and often painful process of mammography, which exposes the patient to radiation every time it is used as a detection tool. With this new technology, more women, and hopefully more African-American women, will probably be less reluctant to have breast exams on a regular basis. That’s why I was also glad to read that Howard University Hospital is now using this new addition to the fight against breast cancer. Here’s hoping that more women will get this test and will be saved from the ravages of advanced-stage breast cancer.

Vernice Stewart, Washinton, D.C.


Financial Supplements Should Target Jobless

The Washington Informer Financial Literacy Supplement, “Economic Equality” in the October 8, 2015 edition is full of great information. I love reading all of the supplements you have throughout the year, but the financial one, I think, is my favorite. Most of the information seems to be geared towards individuals who have jobs and have some sort of stability in their lives. I would like to see more information for those of us who are struggling payday to payday, trying to make ends meet for our families. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to read about people, especially Black people, who have money they can save and invest, and it does give me some hope. The article on payday loans was very helpful, because I was not too far away from using one last month, but decided not to, and your article just reinforced my decision. I just wish you could have information for those of us who are struggling, like what moves can we make to get ahead, when we just have enough to pay the bills.

Sandra Williams, Washington, D.C.

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