October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Blog - October 24, 2017

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year I was overdue for my Mammogram.  Shame on me.  I get one every year, especially since I am forty-six-years-old and there is breast cancer in my family.  My Aunt had breast cancer on my father’s side and a my mother’s aunt died from breast cancer. My mother also had something removed from her breast.  Although, I have been diligent about getting exams, this year I fell behind.  Since having kids it’s been so hard to schedule anything for my self care.

So, last month I was reminded how important it is when I ran into an old acquaintance with her kid, who played with my kids at the YMCA years ago.  I was shocked and saddened to hear that she had stage 4 breast cancer.  But she was okay and smiling.  Our kids carried on playing but I walked away with a heavy heart that day.

It was just a reminder of how we need to educate each other on breast cancer risk and the steps mothers and daughters need to take to reduce their risk.  One of these ways is through research-based information such as the BCERP. Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They have come up with a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.

I wish I had been more educated about breast cancer and talked to more women about the risks.  Now I can do that and know that part of the risk is being complacent.  I need to prioritize self-care no matter what.

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36 Comments

  1. I will have to head over and to the survey. It is so important to have a mammogram. I get one every year. It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

  2. My family has history with breast cancer thus I have been told until really young that I need to do checking rather often. But I know not everyone is aware and why they should so it’s great you are sharing this!

  3. My family history includes breast cancer as well (along with a variety of others) so screening is definitely important! Prevention is obviously better, so I agree with taking care in what you eat and are exposed to in an effort to prevent breast cancer.

  4. Thanks for the reminder! Last year I had a scare and my doctor blew me off and said that “no one my age (24) gets breast cancer” even though I’ve had three family members get breast cancer. I got a second opinion from a much friendlier doctors and luckily it was not cancer, but I’m now nervous about overreacting!

  5. It’s so important that we prioritize our health. Sometimes things just happen, despite your best efforts. But it’s empowering to know you can work towards prevention.

  6. Sometimes we just need that realization to stop putting things off and just get them done! My Aunt died of breast cancer and even though it was determined to not be genetic that was a wake up call to my mom to continue to be proactive and do regular breast checks and get annual mammograms. I need to start checking myself too, thanks for the reminder!

  7. I know that most of the time we really don’t think about things like breast cancer until we are either facing it or someone we love is. Being aware of how to prevent it and supporting those that are is such an important thing.

  8. With friends who have been affected by breast cancer, it’s so important for all of us to be aware of this disease and take care of ourselves and our loved ones by getting regular screenings.

  9. The BCERP is amazing for coming up with a toolkit for mothers and daughters on breast cancer. It is so important for all women to do self checks and to make sure they take care of their health with yearly checks. Thanks for sharing the information.

  10. There is so much information available now and it is much easier to talk about. I know my wife has already discussed it a couple of times with our teenage daughters.

  11. Getting proper and regular checks is so important. My family has a history with breast cancer, so it’s always in the back of my mind.

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