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October is Breast Awareness month (did they drop the cancer from that on purpose?) So get out there and notice some boobs, people! : )pink

This week I had my first ever mammogram. You know what? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Ok, so well, I don’t exactly have an over abundant bosom so I asked the technician if it was easier for smaller breasted women. She stared at me for a few seconds before shaking her head and say no, it’s actually harder.

 

Here are 13 reasons why you should feel yourself up or let someone else do it for you!

1. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in her life.

2. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of female cancer deaths, killing one out of five women who get the disease.

3. Survival. Caught early, breast cancer can be cured

4. Habit. Even though breast cancer is less common with younger women, start now. It will be a habit by the time you’re older.

5. Familiarity. Get to know your breasts now that way you’ll able to spot if there are any changes.

6. Because this can be said enough. Regular breast exams lead to earlier treatment, earlier treatment leads to survival! 96% of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after five years.

7. Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease

8. A study showed that breast cancer fatalities dropped 44%  from 1978 to 1997 after mammograms were introduced.

9. Kaiser gave me some really cute pink nail polish after my mammogram.

10. The only thing worse than knowing you have breast cancer is not knowing it.

11. There are people who need you.

12. There are people who love you.

13. I told you to. And really, you should listen to me.
 

Read more here.

http://www.sutterhealth.org/about/clinicalinit/ci_breast.html

http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/breastcancer/a/breastcancfacts.htm

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