Breast cancer. It seems we all know someone who has battled breast cancer and sadly some of us have had it ourselves. One thing in certain – cancer of any kind is not a journey that anyone walks alone. It affects the patient and everyone around them – forever.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How about we fight like a girl ALL year long with these early detection steps?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and as I just turned 40, breast cancer scares me more than ever right now. I know it can happen much earlier in age, as it did to a good friend of ours when she was just 30. As it did to an amazing friend and woman this past year a few years before 40. As it did to another friend this year who is just a couple years older than I am.
I guess I feel scared that I am living breast cancer free on borrowed time because there are so many people around me that have become pink warriors. The American Cancer Society statistic that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime doesn’t help either. These woman around me empower me to be as proactive as possible and to take control.
I know I am not the only woman that wants to fight breast cancer as early as they can. If you are like me -if you want to be proactive – the key is early detection.
Here’s what all women need to do to detect breast cancer as early as possible:
(Provided by Saint Agnes Hospital)
Ages 20-34: Administer breast exams monthly and get a physical examination by a trained professional every three years.
Ages 35-39: Repeat everything for ages 20-34 AND get a baseline mammogram.
Ages 40+: Repeat everything for ages 20-34 AND get a mammogram EACH year.
IF you have ANY family history of breast cancer: Repeat everything for ages 20-34 AND get a mammogram every 6 months.
When I was writing this I made a conscious choice to write the words, “repeat everything for ages 20-34” because these are not new things to do. They are things we should all be doing this early on. And I don’t think we all do.
So – let’s start now. Look at the chart and take control for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doing exactly as it states you should.
Then join in the fun of entering to win a Vitamix in this amazing group giveaway with some of my amazing friends! (Watch this video before you enter, too!)
This awesome giveaway is sponsored by Saint Agnes Hospital to help promote National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we would like to extend a big thank you to them!