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'Sun-Times' Columnists Mitchell, Banks Tell Readers of Serious Health Issues

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'Sun-Times' Columnists Mitchell, Banks Tell Readers of Serious Health Issues

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell told readers Tuesday she is starting treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Mitchell, who is African-American and turns 60 next month, said she was going public with the diagnosis to encourage women of color and older women to get regular screening for breast cancer.

"Yet for the most part, breast cancer gets the silent treatment among black women," she wrote. "I cannot justify being quiet. Because of the silence -- coupled with the limited access most low-income women have to quality healthcare -- cancer is often discovered in African-American women at late stages."

Mitchell's column comes two weeks after Sun-Times sportswriter Lacy J. Banks, who has been blogging about his serious health problems for nearly a year, disclosed that his team of cardiologists "tell me that I will not likely live out this year unless I undergo an operation to have a heart pump ... implanted to do the pumping that my defective left ventricle and mitral valve are increasingly failing to do as they continue to deteriorate."

Banks said he had not yet decided whether to get the heart pump because he also holds out hope of getting a heart transplant. …

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