Everyone is invited to raise awareness and to encourage every woman in your life to get regular mammograms. Many of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way during our lives. My family has, and we know how its impact changes lives forever. Though we live in a fast paced society with busy lives and hectic schedules, it is important to take time out to care. Do it for yourself and for those who care about you and depend on you.
You have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if it’s found early. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family. Your health care provider can help you decide when and how often to get a mammogram.
Although certain lifestyle habits, the ones I preach on a regular basis! (regular exercise, limiting alchohol use, maintaining a healthy weight, among others) are linked to lowering your risk of developing breast cancer, there is no sure way to prevent it. Getting regular mammograms and breast exams is important because these tests can detect breast cancer early, when it is treatable.
I do not know a soul who enjoys getting a mammo- It is uncomfortable, it takes time, and is a pain in the neck...but JUST DO IT!!!!!!
If you do not have insurance the National Cancer Institute can direct you to a local resource for low-cost mammograms. Call them toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER.