Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by | Oct 3, 2020 | Health Issues | 0 comments

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had your mammogram this year?  Most doctors recommend women have their first mammogram in their 40s and yearly mammograms starting at 50.  However, if the family has a history of breast cancer, the doctor may suggest starting yearly mammograms sooner.  Mammograms are still the best medical procedure for early detection of breast cancer. It is also very important to give yourself a monthly breast exam.  1 of 4 women will develop some type of breast cancer according to the National Breast Cancer Association. 

Do men get breast cancer?  Men have a lower chance of getting breast cancer, 1 in every 1,000.  However, men are diagnosed usually in later stages of breast cancer compared to women. Men should also give themselves a monthly breast exam to check for any possible lumps and it can easily be done in the shower. 

Has breast cancer touched my family? Yes, one of my sisters and two of my cousins are breast cancer survivors.  I also have several friends who are survivors.  These women’s lives were drastically changed physically, mentally, and emotionally because of cancer.  I am so proud of my family members and friends who endured chemotherapy, radiation, and other medical procedures to overcome breast cancer.