October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The point is to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Women should start considering getting mammograms on a regular basis around the age of 40 and annually after turning 50. It has also been proven that men with a family history of breast cancer should also consider getting screened. Although there are no guarantees, if breast cancer is detected early, it is treatable and survivable. Once cancer is detected in our bodies it has a chance to spread and we need to do anything necessary to eradicate it whenever and wherever. Remember, you can possibly save your breast by doing the test!
Examining our breasts is something we can do regularly. We can start by learning how to do self-examinations while we are in the shower or laying in our bed. There are various guides online that can show us exactly how and what to do if we are not sure. It is also important that we all get checkups from our doctor or clinic on a regular basis. Do not leave it to just self-examination, especially if you feel a lump or something irregular. Taking just a little time can make all the difference in the world. You can also check with your medical insurance because most health plans include annual complimentary mammograms. If your plan does not cover this type of test complimentary there are several organizations that provide such services.
Personally, I have not experienced breast cancer, but I had another form of cancer that was detected during an annual exam. Because I make it a healthy habit to get annual checkups, I was able to catch it early and get the proper treatment. I have now been cancer free for over two decades. We must all be responsible for our own health and encourage our loved ones to do the same. There are so many things contributing to ill health these days including additives that are put in our food the air we breathe and various chemicals that are all around us. Some things may be beyond our control, but there are things we can pay more attention to and help limit our exposure.
Knowing your family history is the first source to reference regarding your health. Stress is also a leading agent that can contribute to poor health. Poor health can lead to various types of cancer, not just breast cancer. Stress is a harmful agent that attacks our immune system and leaves the door open for other damaging agents to attack. When I was diagnosed with cancer, I learned that not only did my type of cancer run on my maternal side of the family but that the stress I was under at that time probably played a big role in bringing it about.
Life is a precious gift, and we can live a full and productive one if we take care of ourselves and our health. Repeatedly, I seem to take the pledge to eat healthier, exercise more, and just be more mindful of everything I can do to improve my health if not for me, at least for my loved ones and especially my grandchildren. I realize when I need help to stay on track, I call on my accountability partner to keep me on track. Think of who you can call on for help.#breastcancermonth
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