Helloooo Ladies! October is Breast Cancer awareness month! You know what that means…1.Check your TaTa’s, 2. Get a Mammogram, and 3. Support Breast Cancer Research!
1. Checking your TaTa’s:
Doing monthly Breast Self Exams can increase a woman’s chances of catching breast cancer early! Here is a chart to show you how to check for lumps, bumps, and other breast tissue irregularities. It’s never to early to start checking your TaTa’s. Introduce yourself to your ladies so you know what your normal breast tissue feels like.
Let’s not cry over self breast exams…. grab some tissue!
2. Get a Mammogram:
The National Cancer Institute recommends: “Women 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. Women who have had breast cancer or other breast problems or who have a family history of breast cancer might need to start getting mammograms before age 40, or they might need to get them more often. Talk to your doctor about when to start and how often you should have a mammogram.”
- Take x-ray pictures of the breasts
- Mammograms can check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease
- Usually involve two x-ray pictures of each breast.
- Can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.
- Women with breast implants should also have mammograms.
3. Support Breast Cancer Research:
There are so many events this month rallying to support this worthy cause! From walks & runs to pink themed parties there is something for everyone!! My personal favorite Portland event is a collaboration of some wonderful companies supporting breast cancer research for all you 21+
Tara Arnold RN