I had the joyful experience of my annual mammogram this morning. Something that I know I need to do, yet I am full of anxiety. A couple years ago I had a scare, that required a biopsy and thankfully it turned out to be nothing. However they keep a close look at you until you have passed the two year mark. So today, I had my heart jump yet again, as some additional images turned out to be cysts.
So as I lay waiting for the radiologist to walk back in the room, I could not stop thinking of the thousands of women who have breast cancer and are fighting it every step of the way. I knew I had to buck up and stop being such an emotional wreck. I can not pretend to know what these brave women go through or even try imagine it, but in talking to my girlfriend, she reminded me that at least we can be proactive with the disease.
She is 100% correct and I have been lazy about self breast exams. Its the strange thing we do as humans is try to ignore something, with the hopes that it will go away. So I am asking all the ladies out there, to do your monthly self breast exam, no matter how young or old your are.
There is some controversy about the effectiveness of the self breast exam, but I personally think that I keeps you in touch with changes in your breasts that you can bring to your doctors attention.
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|Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you :|
|1. Know your risk
2. Get screened
3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices