This month is breast cancer awareness month. All around the focus has been on the pink ribbon and supporting those who have breast cancer and educating those who don’t about awareness. I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer whether they are a survivor, their family member is a survivor or they loss someone to breast cancer. This disease not only affect women it also affects men; so men, don’t think you are in the clear. If you are a woman 40 years old and up you should have an annual mammogram unless your family has a history of breast cancer your physician may advise you to be screened earlier. I encourage all women to have a breast cancer screening.
Some of the things that hindered me for a couple of years and may be hindering you are:
No Health Insurance – this is a biggie (especially if you are self employed) but don’t let this stop you from being screened. There are many free screenings that are available. Just keep you eye out and you will find where free screenings are being made available. Not only will they screen you with a mammography they may also offer you a pelvic exam, colorectal and pap smear. Don’t forget cervical cancer can be helped if detected early. Also know that many hospitals have care programs that you may be eligible for if further care is needed.
Fear – Oh boy! Who wants to find out if they have any type of disease! No one! But living in fear is not going to help you live. Do like I did, take a friend. There is nothing more comforting to have someone you can talk to while you wait so that the seconds don’t feel like hours.
I have to say it feels liberating. Take control of your life and live it to the max. Know who you are….all of you! Here’s to good health! Cheers!