October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
My mother had breast cancer not once, but twice.
My beautiful aunt survived breast cancer twice. (Photographed above).
As you can imagine, this is an important topic for me.
When caught early and localized the 5-year survival rate is 99% according to the American Cancer Society.
Please take a moment and educate yourself and your loved ones on early detection:
Breast self-exams- Choose a time once a month to perform a breast self-exam (in the shower, lying down, and in front of the mirror)
Schedule and keep up to date appointments with your primary care provider, OBGYN, and/or breast care specialist
Mammograms- According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), women at average risk of breast cancer should start regular mammograms at age 40
See a genetics counselor (when applicable)- There are certain genes linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Talk with your primary care provider if you are interested in seeing a genetics counselor. On a personal note, I saw one after the passing of my mother. Thankfully, my workup was normal, but I will continue to be vigilant.
Until next time,
*in memory of my #1 cheerleader, my mother.