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Breast Cancer Awareness: Get Screened

As the impact of breast cancer is pushed to the forefront of national discussion during the month-long observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), pink ribbons can be seen almost everywhere.

I feel healthy. Why should I get screened? 

If you are a woman over 40, getting a mammogram is an important part of keeping your health in good shape. Even if you feel fine right now, here are some good reasons to think about getting a mammogram:

  • Early Detection Saves Lives: Mammograms are one of the best ways to find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat. Cancer can be found through regular screenings long before it shows any signs, which increases your chances of being diagnosed and being able to treat it and live.
  • Your Risk Factors: Depending on your personal risk factors for breast cancer, like a family history or a genetic tendency, you may need to get checked more often or earlier. A mammogram can help your doctor figure out what your risk is and make a screening plan for you that fits your needs.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Some women may find mammograms a little uncomfortable, but the process is usually quick and doesn’t hurt too much. The possible benefits of finding cancer early are much more important than the short-term pain.
  • Peace of Mind: Getting regular scans can help you feel better about your breast health and give you peace of mind. Stress and fear can go away when you know you’re taking steps to keep an eye on your health.

What is the one thing about breast cancer that no one talks about?

The emotional and psychological effects of breast cancer on both patients and their loved ones are a component of the disease that is seldom addressed publicly. Emotional difficulties such as worry, despair, fear, and sorrow are common responses to a breast cancer diagnosis. Addressing these feelings is essential for a person’s well-being as they go through the process of coping with cancer. Having breast cancer may put a burden on your relationships with loved ones. Caregiving is an emotionally demanding position, and patients may suffer changes in self-perception and body image that have repercussions for their close relationships with their caregivers.

Don’t wait; get a mammogram.

A mammogram is a crucial tool for early breast cancer detection, offering the best chance of successful treatment. It’s a proactive step you can take to prioritize your health and well-being. Your primary care doctor and a team of other healthcare providers are here to help you through the process, answer your questions, and give you support at every step.providing peace of mind and potentially saving your life. If you have any concerns or questions about mammograms, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your healthcare provider, who can provide personalized guidance based on your individual circumstances.