Almost every woman knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbon is a beautiful symbol that reminds us each and every day, the importance of being proactive.
I’m sure each and every one of us knows someone who has had breast cancer. When breast cancer strikes it doesn’t affect just the person — it affects family, friends, and an entire community. Each of us has that very special story. Some stories have had great outcomes, while others ended sadly.
I know how much we all HATE having a mammogram (mine is next week–yuck). While the test is certainly more than uncomfortable, it is necessary to detect breast cancer in its early stages. Fortunately, over the last few years, many centers have done their best to make the environment warm and friendly. And this really helps.
We all understand the sense of fear you get when there is any abnormality found. Whether it’s a repeat mammogram or a biopsy, we immediately become filled with trepidation. And then, if we actually hear the words “breast cancer” our biggest fears become reality. We all know someone who has had that horrible experience. And then their journey begins with tears, fears, treatment and hopefully successful results.
Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But each and every day we should continue to support and encourage women to do self-examinations, have annual mammograms, and read up on preventative health tips.
We all know breast cancer is not pretty. Breast cancer is scary. But the most important fact to remember is that when breast cancer is diagnosed in its early stages it’s often treatable and curable.
So everywhere you go, ask everyone you know to “get the damn mamm!”