31 Days of Breast Cancer Awareness, Support & Remembrance - Day 3
|Source: American Cancer Society|
Do you know how often you're supposed to do a self-examination? I'll give you a hint...its more than just before you head to the OB/GYN for your annual pap. :)
Need help remembering? I do! I just signed up for The American Cancer Society online reminder system (go here for more info) that you can sign up for and they will email you a reminder and based on your age. Mine will be coming on the first day of my birth month and will also have guidance on the type of breast cancer screening they recommend.
Here are some other guidelines from The American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer. Most adults should:
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
- Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age
There is a wealth of information out there on breast cancer. Really, women (including myself) have no excuse not to be educated about this disease. I will be providing other favorite and useful breast cancer websites this month. If you are a woman or if you have breast cancer in your family history...MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THEM OUT!!
Happy Hump Day/Day 3 of our challenge!
Always ~ Momma Goose
Go to Day 4.