Just in case you haven’t seen all the extra pink stuff on sale lately, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m a bit late, but as “Pink Haired Girl” I feel I’d be doing the color pink an injustice if I didn’t say something about breast cancer and the importance of getting your boobies checked.
Men — Don’t tune me out.
Did you know that for every 100 women diagnosed with breast cancer, one man is diagnosed, as well? You don’t generally hear about this but it is definitely something for you to not take lightly.
It is rumored that if you are a woman (or man) under the age of 35, it is somehow impossible to get breast cancer and getting routine exams isn’t necessary.
This is absolutely false. Although the younger you are lowers your risk … there is still risk. And a risk is a risk, yes?
Every person, regardless of age and gender, should do monthly self-exams… and get checked out either by mammogram or physician exam once a year.
On a personal note: Since I know that breast cancer runs in my family’s history… I have had breast exams with my physician once a year and performed monthly self-exams since age 16. It is important to know your family history and get used to what is normal for you so if something abnormal shows up, you’ll know!
At some point in your life, breast cancer will affect your life. Take the necessary steps now to protect yourself and the ones you love.
Go get your boobies checked by scheduling a mammogram or physician’s exam and encourage those in your influence to do the same.
HOW TO: SELF-BREAST EXAM