October is National Breast Cancer awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer awareness.  So many have lost their lives, and so many are still fighting this brutal disease.  I want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of breast cancer screening.

Breast cancer screening is a way in which doctors check the breasts for early signs of cancer in women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. The main test used to screen for breast cancer is a special kind of X-ray called a mammogram.

The goal of breast cancer screening is to find cancer early before it has a chance to grow, spread, or cause problems.

Who should be screened for breast cancer?

Starting at the age of 40, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the benefits and drawbacks of screening and decide, with your doctor’s help, whether to get screening and when. If you’re under 40 but have a relative who got breast cancer at a young age, you should also talk to your doctor.

Women who are at high risk of breast cancer might need to begin screening at a younger age. This might include women who:

Carry genes that increase their risk of breast cancer, such as the “BRCA” genes

Have close relatives (such as a mother, sister, or daughter) who got breast cancer at a young age

What happens during a mammogram?

Before the mammogram, you will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a hospital gown. Then your breasts will be X-rayed one at a time. Each breast is X-rayed twice. Each is X-rayed once from the top down and once from side-to-side so that the radiologist can get a good look at all the tissue. To make the breast tissue easier to see, a nurse or technician will flatten each breast between 2 panels.

This can be uncomfortable, but it lasts only a few seconds. If possible, avoid scheduling your mammogram just before or during your period. Breasts are extra sensitive at that time. Also, do not use underarm deodorant or powder on the day of your appointment.

Some Facts about breast cancer in the United States

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women

FACT: When Breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 100%

Together we can beat breast cancer, act, stay informed, know your body and report any sign.

Breast Cancer Walk with my younger daughter Yanah, October 2017
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45 COMMENTS

  1. My mom had a scare earlier this year and had to have extra views done. Her grandmother had breast cancer, so she’s considered at a higher risk, but I am not right now. I just turned 30 this year so I have 10 years until I start getting mine annually.

  2. I am 35 and I have been getting screenings since I was 29. My bilogical mother (I was raised by another wonderful mother) died at age 34 when I was just 20 months old. I pray that I am never diagnosed but I am still checking. Wonderful post.

    • I am confident that we will find a cure, Morgan, in the meantime, we have to be proactive and screening can make a huge difference.

  3. I feel badly that I didn’t know this. It’s always a good time to talk about cancer and what we can do to fight it and be supportive of those who suffer with it. Love your bringing more information to light.

  4. Such a great and life-saving reminder. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and is doing fine now thank God. I’ll have to ask my mom and other aunts if they’ve had their mammograms this year.

    • I am so sorry, Flossie, for the bast 5 years, I have been doing the breast cancer walk, for all those wonderful women who had lost the battle against breast cancer.

  5. 1 – 8 is pretty high odds. I have a couple of friends who began screening in their teens because of how often it was in their families. It’s sad and yet I am thankful for them sharing their experiences with me so I would be better aware of my own health.

  6. All health screenings are so important. Especially as we get older, it’s important for self checks and regular checks with a health professional.

  7. Really informative and well explained. I’m so happy people are talking about breast cancer more and women are no longer being shamed. We need to remove the fear of getting a mammogram because it’s better than getting cancer.

  8. It is heartbreaking to realize that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer. As if women didn’t go through enough already. However, it is very uplifting to know that this can be discovered early and fought. Thank you for sharing!

  9. This is such a great reminder. Thanks for explaining the process of mammogram. It is so important to get yourself checked regularly.

  10. I had been so stuck that I had forgotten about the month, Luckily I saw this on siennys blog then I remembered. Weirdly, in October itself, I lost my best friend’s mum due to cancer.
    October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

  11. Great reminder. My sister found a clump in her breast this month and thankfully it was not cancer. this time it hit too close. thank you for spreading awareness

  12. This is so important, thank you for sharing! Despite knowing all this, I am still not careful enough. I really need to do this regularly because I have cancer in my family. Thank you for spreading the world and helping keep women safe.

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