Pink October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This year I officially turned 40. When I visited my doctor for my annual exam, the first piece of paper she handed me was an order for radiology for my very first mammogram. The word mammogram sounds scary to me. I am one of those women who has yearly exams but dread hearing bad news or the outcome of whatever blood test she has ordered. I like to think of a mammogram as a bad job; you don’t want to go, but you know it’s necessary to pay whatever bills you may have. It’s important to have annual screenings.
Check out these facts about Breast Cancer:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; it is not race or ethnicity-specific.
It’s also the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
In 2015, it is estimated that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur in the United States alone.
The two most common risk factors for breast cancer is getting older and being female.
I like to think of my breasts as my girls. When you have a set of good girlfriends, you check on them to see if they’re okay. You call to make sure everything is going well and that things are working out for them. Do the same for your breasts; go out and get checked and encourage others to do so as well.
I have joined Glamulet’s advocacy for the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. This campaign aims to raise awareness to prevent breast cancer. For every charm you buy, they will donate 50% of the sales to a charity fund for breast cancer. To read more about Glamulet’s campaign click here.
No matter how scary it may be, getting checked is always the best course of action.
Share your stories, have you been screened for breast cancer?
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