So I am in one of those strange moral dilemmas where I want to talk about something but don’t want to drag specifics into it. Ironically, that’s exactly the approach a new website, The Cancer Talk, is taking to helping kids talk to their parents about prevention and diagnosis of cancer.
Let’s put it this way -- for anyone who has been through or is going through a battle with cancer, you know that it’s never easy. The only thing you can do is pray you found it early, seek out as much information as possible and commit to the fight.
Sponsored by FCancer, The Cancer Talk features tools and guides for kids to talk to their parents about factors that lead to a higher risk of cancer. Along the way, the site features cool stuff like a celebrity-voice mail system that can lessen the awkwardness and help set up the conversation. The goal is to promote healthier lifestyles, overall and hopefully more vigilance.
The main call to action of the site is that 90% of all cancers can be treated successfully if found in early stages. This might not be relevant for some families but I think we can all agree that prevention and knowledge is a good thing and needs to be on the table.
If you haven’t done it, talk to your parents and family members about cancer. Talk about lifestyles risks and talk about family history. One moment of awkwardness could make the difference in catching cancer early and can help families cope and beat it.