Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I usually try to post about this during the month of October. This year, I may be late in doing so, but I still wanted to mention it.

I don’t know a lot of breast cancer survivors. Maybe three, in total, and each of them chose different options regarding how to treat it. I know more people who have been tested for the BRCA1 gene. One friend was shocked she didn’t have it, mainly because her mother had survived breast cancer (And is alive and well to this day, THANK G-D!), so she was expecting the gene to be present.

I have an 18-24 month wait to be seen in order to be tested for this gene, unless I can convince my primary care physician to order cancer screening. He is hesitant. If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, I would have already moved on to another doctor.

Self-check yourself monthly. I do it twice a month because I’m a lunatic. If anything feels or seems off, make an appointment with your doctor and don’t be afraid to pursue a mammogram at ANY age. My cousin died very young from breast cancer, and at the time, her birth control pill was found to be the root cause of something they didn’t detect until just prior to her death. Medicine is more advanced now, so do whatever you have to do in order to have peace of mind. And men, there has been a vast increase in male breast cancer, so if you don’t feel right, talk to your doctor about it.

Even during a pandemic, we all deserve quality health care. I know many of us aren’t getting it, myself included. I will discuss it another day, but for today, schedule that mammogram as a precautionary measure. It might very well save your life.

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Cancer has deeply affected my family on a personal level, so any time I am able to speak up about it, I will.

As someone who had two breast related scares in the last year (As far as I know, I am fine.), I can only say, male or female, breast cancer can happen. If something doesn’t look or feel right, get checked immediately. In fact, you can look for free mammograms this month in many cities and you’re never too young, or too old, to get checked. Early detection gives you a greater chance at survival.

Take an hour and do something important for your own health and peace of mind. No one else should have to lose their life, their mother, Grandmother, sister, Aunt, cousin, best friend, etc., to breast cancer.

Mammogram your boobs instead of Instagramming them.  

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