October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The point is to raise awareness around 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 think about
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
Examining our breast 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 health 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 to 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
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 negative agent that attacks our immune system and leaves the door open for other negative 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.
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