Since 1993 the third Friday in October has been designated National Mammography Day. It's a day to remind us to make that all-important appointment. Have you had your mammogram this year?
Mammograms remain the best way to detect breast cancer early. And early detection saves lives. More than 90% of breast cancers are curable if detected early and promptly treated. Mammograms detect around 75% of cancers a year or more before they can be found through manual examination.
In case you're not yet convinced you really need a mammogram this year, take a look at these facts:
- Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. nearly 1/3 since 1990.
- Of all the lives saved by mammography, 40% are women in their 40s.
- 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40-49.
- Ôø‡ of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.
The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging all recommend that women over the age of 40 have an annual mammogram.
What's your excuse for postponing your mammogram?
All women approach their appointment with some degree of anxiety - it's only natural in a situation that has the potential for revealing bad news. But most breast abnormalities revealed by mammograms are not cancer. And while mammograms are uncomfortable, the discomfort lasts only a short while. The most important thing to keep in mind is this: if you do get bad news, the earlier you get the diagnosis, the better your prognosis and the more treatment options you have. There is no rational reason to delay.
Have you had your mammogram this year? If not, call and schedule it today!
There's still time to join Big Girls Bras in supporting two great breast cancer charities during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
1. During the month of October, Big Girls Bras will donate $2 from the sale of every Anita, Aviana, and Carnival bra to the Lisa Boccard Cancer Fund serving disadvantaged women in South Florida. Buy yourself a great bra or two and help women in need at the same time.
2. Enell, the maker of the premier sports bra for big breasted women, is donating 10% of the purchase price of each Enell Sports Bra in Hope Pink to FOCUS, the only national charity that supports women with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. And while supplies last, Enell is throwing in a special Envirosax tote bag. This offer is good through the end of October.
National Mammography Day Quiz: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Minority Health has a short online quiz where you can test your knowledge of mammograms and some of the myths surrounding them. Check it out.