October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As technology has improved hopefully, your awareness of breast cancer has increased. Are you on top of your yearly maintenance? Do you perform regular self-examinations?
In 1993, President Bill Clinton designated a National Mammography Day. October 18, 2019, is designed to be a reminder to you that early detection can save your life.
If you are resisting having your mammogram, there can only be a couple of reasons why you are failing to look out for your optimal health. Early detection is vital to surviving this deadly disease.
If you know that you have a family history of breast cancer and you are scared of your test results, information is your best weapon. You cannot combat something that you are unaware of.
Make an appointment with your regular doctor and discuss these issues. Unfortunately, if you are putting off your mammogram, you have probably put off your annual gynecological exam and pap smear as well. Again, early detection is key!!
If you are stalling having necessary diagnostic evaluations performed because of financial reasons, the resources are available to assist you in obtaining these services. You just have to reach out and then, follow through. Spending your time expecting the worst when your results may be quite different is a level of stress you are better off without. Take the next step.
Should the results of your tests return with abnormal findings, be vigilant about follow-ups suggested by the physicians in a timely manner.
With the enormous amount of research and funds dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, there is an abundance of help available.
Your personal physician may know of local sources that you can contact to receive your mammogram at little or no cost to you. Your physician can also assist if you should require written orders or a referral for a mammogram. Several communities have mobile mammography units that work in conjunction with local hospitals and groups for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Komen Breast Care Helpline can hep you find low cost options in your area. Their helpline is 1-877-GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) and it is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm ET.
Due to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many imaging centers offer mammograms at reduced rates. Call and ask questions. They will assist you in navigating to get to the right people.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a National Mammography Program. They partner with medical facilities to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to under-served women.
Another avenue to look into would be The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (NBCCEDP). This program provides assistance to low income, uninsured and under-served women in gaining access to LIFESAVING screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.
The bottom line is, there is no argument that you can give to convince others that your negligence in caring for your health is the right thing to do.
Be proactive. Be aware. Your family and friends deserve to have every minute with you that they possibly can. Be good to yourself.