Optimism is a virtue, but let's not believe that breast cancer cannot rear its ugly head and affect a member of our inner circles. Many people who have been diagnosed with it were blindsided. It was not in their family, they were 'health nuts' and exercise regularly. Sure we do all we can to live healthy lives but we need to be on the offense with regular screenings so we can detect and treat cancer in the early stages.
While preparing my various posts about breast cancer awareness this month I stopped my work and scheduled my annual visit with my physician who will write me a script for a mammogram. For once, I took my own advice! Nice move.
PLEASE take time out of your schedule and make an appointment with your physician and schedule a mammogram TODAY if you are due for one.
Remember to remind the women in your life to consult a health care professional to determine when they should start having regular mammograms.
Thanks to improvements in cancer treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. Whether you’re worried about developing breast cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society has the information you need. Visit the American Cancer Society website for more information. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/index?
Go to this link and the American Cancer Society will send you a reminder to make a mammogram appointment! http://acsremindme.com/hma/modify_subscription.php?CID=288
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.
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.