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EARLY Act and HALO Test for Breast Cancer Prevention

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With awareness, legislators are often looking for ways to stop the cancer before it is able to take over the patient’s body. The EARLY Act, an attempt to spread breast cancer information and prevention to young women, was the focus on Capitol Hill recently where it was the host of a congressional reception to garner the much needed attention. With 35,000 cases affecting women under the age of 50 breast cancer affects men and women alike.

Most people think they do not have to worry about breast cancer until well into middle age, until now, which is why testing for breast cancer among young adults has never been a priority. Dedicated to providing information and resources about the HALO Breast Pap Test, NeoMatrix and its Chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel is taking the forefront on the campaign to get the EARLY Act into effect.

Kathryn Tunstall, NeoMatrix’s Chair, has battled cancer twice in her life and took a leadership role in this cause by creating the EARLY Act website. She explains why early detection is crucial to living cancer-free. “Thanks to excellent care and advances in detection and treatment, I was able to survive and thrive after breast cancer.” Tunstall continued by announcing that both of these websites offer resources needed to keep young women out of the danger zone. “We can reduce the terrible toll this disease takes on women and families, if young women know their breast cancer risk and request proper screening, this will ultimately change the equation of breast cancer.”

The EARLY Act strives to support education ($9 million over 5 years) for women under the age of 45 on the attention of testing, breast cancer risks, and regular screenings. This act would also assist young women in need who have already been diagnosed. The House of Representatives, National breast cancer organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Senate has helped the EARLY Act become reality. Dr. Gail Lebovic, President of the American Society of Breast Disease, sees the high volume of support as a good sign. “During my time as a breast surgeon, we have seen advances in breast cancer risk assessment such as HALO, in detection through digital mammography, along with the development of much better surgical treatments and breast reconstruction. The EARLY Act would make many more women aware of these advances, ….I can’t imagine why anyone would be against this legislation.”

An alternative form of testing breast cancer risk, The HALO Breast Pap Test, has a low-cost and is much less uncomfortable than a standard mammogram. With one out of every 8 women contracting breast cancer in their lifetime, now is the time for better, safer, and more accurate tests for earlier detection. With a total test time of just five minutes, this noninvasive test, uses heated massaging breast cups to collect nipple fluid. HALO is safe and can be repeated with no side effects. HALO could be the angel to breast cancer’s devil by helping to find smaller, low-stage tumors. HALO may revolutionize the way doctors, patients, and families look at breast cancer detection, with the first completely automated testing device, and change how women look at their breasts.

Check out the information on the EARLY Act and HALO websites for yourself and be hopeful that early detection and new, exciting technology could be the stepping stones to a cure keeping breast cancer off our chests for good. It may take a week to get results of your HALO test back from the lab. Your doctor will contact you with the results and explain what they mean.

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