October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Friday, October 15th is National Mammography Day! About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The statistics are staggering and that’s why it is so crucial to get a mammogram regularly.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a non-invasive X-ray scan of the breast that helps doctors look for changes in breast tissue. It takes about 15 minutes and can be done at most radiology centers and hospitals.
How often and when should you get a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society suggests women 40 to 44 should start getting annual scans. While women, 45 to 54 should already be getting mammograms annually. Women who are at high risk may be advised to start going for annual mammograms earlier, so talk to your health care provider to determine what is best for you!
Why is this day so important?
The third Friday of every October is National Mammography Day! Awareness is crucial because, without screening, breast cancer can go undetectable. Early detection is one of the best tools we have in the fight against Breast Cancer and regular mammograms make that possible!
What can YOU do to help!
Encourage your friends and family to speak to their health care provider and schedule a time to get checked. Offer to watch their kids if scheduling is an issue or offer a ride to help them get to their appointment. Do as much as you can to support, maybe even take them out for a pick me up after their appointment. Spreading the word about this life-saving test can help in the fight against breast cancer!