Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women and in 2015, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but I am personally aware of two young women under the age of 50 who have just been diagnosed and one woman pending her breast biopsy.
THIS. IS. PERSONAL!
What can you do? First, you need to be getting your annual well-woman check up. That entails a vaginal exam and a pap smear. Yeah, I know it’s not fun. My girlfriend calls it the “Grand Opening”. I don’t know a single woman that enjoys it. But you can prevent a whole lot of invasive medical treatment if you’d get that examination annually.
Your annual well-women exam includes a breast examination by your physician. You’ll lie on an examination table with your arm over your head so that your doctor can examine your breasts for unusual lumps and bumps. BUT, this exam alone isn’t enough to determine if you have breast cancer or not. You doctor will encourage you to self-examine your breasts monthly. I admit that I’m not all that great about keeping up with this.
You need to have a mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends “Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.” But, if you feel something sooner, do not wait to contact your doctor and don’t let your doctor put you off. Mammograms are not all the scary things that you’ve read about online. I remember something that said it was like a car driving over your breast on an icy concrete floor. I have never had a mammogram like that. Is it uncomfortable? Sure. No one wants their breasts smooshed even a little bit. Is it worth it to save your life? You betcha!!!
For the month of October, or Pink October, Glamulet is running a campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness. They created the Pink Limited Edition Charms (link) to support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and when you buy Pink Charms, Glamulet will donate 50% to a charity organizations that supports breast cancer.
Charms can be added to bracelets sold by Glamulet or added to your Pandora bracelet. All 40 of the charms are really cute and their purchase will help to save lives. Lives like my two girls friends, who are living with breast cancer today, but with your help, their cure will come quickly so that they will be breast cancer survivors.
Post sponsored by Brandbacker.