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Bena Mae's Kitchen: Is it a gender thing?


The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is close to 100%. The early detection of breast cancer helps reduce the need for therapeutic treatment and minimizes pain and suffering, allowing women to continue leading happy lives.
I am a breast cancer survivor. Early detection and proper follow-ups after surgery saved my life. But I am one of the lucky ones. I had good medical insurance. Not every woman can say that. And why should it be denied them because they are caught in the web of poverty?
Women’s health care should never be made into a political football by our government. Especially by a group made up almost entirely of men who will never suffer the agony of being told by a doctor, “I have found a lump or a mass in your breast and we don’t know what it is.” Those are words you never want to hear.
There is hardly a person reading this who has not been affected by a loved one or a friend who has cancer or died of this terrible disease. If it had another name that included the entire population, it would be deemed an epidemic. As it is, it is low on the priority list of those who make our laws in Washington. Not nearly as important as a million dollar bridge to nowhere or an airfield that sits idle that is named after a member of congress and is never used. Ego, ego, ego.
I cite the following story that backs up my belief that women’s health care is low on the totem pole when it comes to priorities.
I was having a conversation with my OB/GYN. We were talking about my gallbladder operation which I had removed by laparoscopy, a procedure that is much less invasive, less painful, and much faster to recuperate from. In fact, I went home the evening of the operation and cooked supper.
My doctor went on to say that he had attended one of the first seminars about this new procedure. He came home excited about it and told his colleagues they should look into it. They showed no interest at all, UNTIL..... while it had only been used for hysterectomies, it suddenly became popular for surgery that dealt with men’s problems. It was then that doctors lined up to get into the seminars.
Do I prove my point?

This is a quick recipe that is adaptable to any ingredients you wish to throw in the bowl. Some suggestions would be green peppers, red peppers, onions, bacon bits, jalapenos, etc. And just use whatever type of cheese you like! They freeze well and make good mini muffins for a buffet table.

Easy Cheesy-Corny Muffins

1 package corn muffin mix
1 egg
½ cup grated cheese
½ cup creamed corn
¼ cup milk

Mix all ingredients until smooth.
Put in a greased or paper lined muffin pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Serve hot with butter.

Yield: 9-10 muffins