As you have probably seen or heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an issue that hits home for me, as I’ve had three close family members who were diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully all three are in remission and received successful treatment, but it is very scary and dangerous. As someone who is more susceptible to getting breast cancer, I have to be diligent about getting screenings and doing self exams.
Talking to your doctor about your family’s medical history is very important. This can determine if you need more frequent screenings or if you should start getting mammograms earlier than typically recommended. Your doctor can even recommend genetic testing to see if you inherited a gene mutation that can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer. And always be sure to get a yearly screening from your doctor!
Performing self-exams are just as important as seeing your doctor on a regular basis. Did you know that “forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump”? There are many tutorials on how to perform self exams, so feel free to click here, here, or here for those links!
Want to do more?? There are so many ways you can help! You can donate money, do a fundraising 5k run, or volunteer at a women’s health clinic, among many things. An organization I’ve worked with in the past is the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, which provides much needed services in Indianapolis. They provide free therapy and support, as well as services to help women feel good about their appearance while receiving cancer therapies.
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