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Have You Had Your Annual Mammogram?
Annual Mammogram

You may know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…but did you know breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women? Or that according to the American Cancer Society’s estimates for the United States in 2014: 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women; 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed; and 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.

While we are all aware of breast cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we may forget to take the necessary steps for detecting the disease in its early stages. And the very first step in early detection is to schedule an annual mammogram, something I am reminded of daily when I drive by a local billboard that reads, “It’s Time to Woman Up. Get a Mammogram.” 

Recently, I asked a friend if she had scheduled her annual mammogram. I was surprised to hear she hadn't scheduled it even though she was wearing her pink ribbon pin! She gave me a few excuses for the oversight – no time, fear and discomfort, waiting-room anxiety – so I challenged her to get an annual mammogram appointment on her calendar. 

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 17 has been designated “National Mammography Day.” Join me in encouraging a friend or family member to get her annual mammogram on or before this day. If you’re met with resistance offer to drive her to the appointment, treat her to lunch afterwards or celebrate with a pedicure once the exam is over. 

What are your plans to encourage others to schedule an annual mammogram for early detection? Start the challenge by leaving a comment to encourage friends, sisters, cousins, mothers and grandmothers to “Woman Up. Get a Mammogram.”

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