Up until now October has meant (along with Halloween) the month to buy pink things. While I’m always open to pink things because seriously, I do have a thing for pink things, it was also the month I had my first screening mammogram. Here in British Columbia the screening mammography program is free to women 40+ and self referring, meaning no doctor visit is necessary to get an appointment you just need to meet the minimum age criteria and a few others. This isn’t for people with suspected breast cancer, for those… get thee to a doctor right away. No, this is a screening program with the goal of early detection.
I’m 43 sliding towards 44 so I’m a bit late in getting started but I’m glad I made the time and did it. It doesn’t take long (first timers have to fill out a brief form) the whole experience was maybe 20 minutes total. Sure it isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, I mean mashing your boobies between a couple of panes of glass isn’t my idea of a good time but if it lessens the chances of me having undetected cancer? I am all for the squishing.
There isn’t any history of breast cancer in my family (that I am aware of) but there is plenty of cancer in general though most of it on my Father’s side. My Father died of cancer, my Mom is living with cancer, My Dad’s sister had cancer three times in different locations. I’ve had a few scares in my life already but thankfully everything has turned out to be benign. An old friend of mine lost her Mother to breast cancer two years ago and in her honour did the CIBC run for the cure (which I donated to), cancer research is something I’ve always believed in supporting with my donations.
So ladies make sure you feel your boobies on a regular basis, if you are of that certain age get your screening mammogram and heck, if you’re like me, buy all the pink things in sight. Be a bra, support your boobs!