October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here are four good reasons why females should remember to get a mammogram this month.
- Preventative Medicine Saves Lives: Many forms of breast cancer when caught early are very treatable and patients have a much higher chance of survival. Talk to your doctor about when your family history, risks and when should begin getting annual mammograms. Knowing early can save your life.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month: By getting your mammogram this month you can be a personal reminder to all your female friends, family and coworkers that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When you get it during the month that everyone is always talking about it you are much less likely to forget the month you’d received your last one and when you’ll need another one. Never miss an annual mammogram again by getting it on the month that everyone is talking about it.
- You might get a treat: Some local clinics and hospitals will actually give you a gift for coming in for a mammogram during the month of October. Health care professionals are that serious about preventative medicine that they encourage you to come in by giving you chocolates or other goodies. Nobody enjoys having her breasts inspected by a stranger, but getting a chocolate at the end of it could make it less of a horrible chore.
- Lead by Example: Children learn a lot from their parents, including what’s important for good health. If you have a daughter, it is a good idea to talk with her about the importance of staying on top of preventative health. While young girls don’t need mammograms the education will help them realize the importance of it. A young girl is more likely to remember to do it themselves when they’re adults if they see their mother getting theirs done every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.