Be sure to get your mammogram!

Be sure to get your mammogram!

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I have a close friend, Patsy, who is in the process of kicking breast cancer’s butt.  When she was diagnosed, I promised I would get a mammogram.  I will be forty-three in a couple of weeks so I should be getting them.  I had mine one and only in 2008.  As most women, I haven’t made it a priority which now I will.
I got my mammogram today!  I talked about Patsy during my exam.  The tech commented that was the greatest thing we could do for our loved ones fighting breast cancer …. get our own mammograms, if applicable. She said by taking inspiration from them it can lead to earlier detections and could be saving our own lives.  Plus our loved ones can be comforted knowing because of them we are taking better care of ourselves.  So for you Patsy I promise to get my mammogram EVERY year! I did it my birthday month, so it will be easy to remember when to make my appt in the upcoming years.
I know Patsy will kick those cancer cells to the curb.  Her attitude is amazing and inspirational!  She is such a phenomenal mom, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, and person and so privileged to call her my long time friend!  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!  (I was going to post a pix of her but forgot to ask her permission.  She is just gorgeous with a shaved head!) 
So do you need a mammogram? If so, schedule yours now!  It may be your life you are saving!

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast cancer

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.   This info is from : Cancer.org

 Here is some more great info:  http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/mammograms

 

 

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