For those of us especially over the age of 40 and who have a family history waiting is not an option.
My biggest risk factor is my age. My paternal grandmother also had breast cancer later in her life.
For me, I also have fibrocystic breasts, which are more evident during my monthly menstrual cycle. Therefore, it is challenging to determine if it's more than just that. Therefore, I pay close attention to them and when my cycle ends usually the symptoms in my breasts do too.
There are too many women in my life and in this world who have been impacted by breast cancer. Young women in their 20s, moms in their 30s, working women in their 40s and grandmothers in their 50s and up.
Let's take action for our health.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering a complete Breast Health Guide, which includes common questions on prevention, detection, healthy habits, and more.
I took action and got my mammogram this past week. Thank you South Jersey Radiology Women's Center. Now, I am encouraging you to do so as well. Let's help all our fellow ladies stand against this terrible disease.
There are many ways that we can get involved in this fight.
- Act and do self breast exams and get an annual mammogram
- Encourage loved ones to do self breast exams and get annual mammograms
- Book appointments together for support
- There are so many different organizations to offer support such as:
- Charity Miles
Mommy's Point of View has made a tax-deductible contribution to the Breast Cancer Alliance to fund innovative breast cancer research and to promote breast health through education and outreach, and breast surgical fellowships.