An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin
Prevention. I have said it before prevention is your best medicine. I am going to confess I have put off having my mammogram due to life as Private Practice owner being 24/7 and overly demanding. That is at least my excuse. My life has started to slow down a bit , so my mom and a few clients reminded me that I could take the time to get a Mammogram. I do have a family history of breast cancer, but I am happy to say my mom is a breast cancer survivor. She turned 80 this year. We are very thankful to still have her with us. She had a mammogram every year and her breast cancer was detected early.
First Mammogram. Well today I did it. I had my first mammogram and I want to let others know that it was one of the quickest most efficient things I have experienced. I could have done it on my lunch break. I also want to dispel any myths that it is painful. It was not painful at all! I had a great technician at the Faquier Diagnostic Center.
Reasons to have a Mammogram. According to the American Breast Cancer Foundation(ABCF) there are many reasons to get a Mammorgram, but here are my TOP 3:
- A Mammogram can detect cancer 3 years before a lump is felt
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in all women
- 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.
The ABCF site states that breast cancer rates have decreased since 2000. So education and early screening are helping the fight against breast cancer. Let us be a part of that statistic and continue to reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Exercise, eat clean, and get a mammogram. I hope to see a cure for breast cancer in my lifetime. For more information on prevention and to dispel Myths about mammograms visit the American Breast Cancer Foundation Site.