October of course is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is the month that EVERYONE turns PINK to show their support for the cause. I like to be different and start people to thinking early! That is why on the day of the Susan G Komen Race my son's football team starts wearing their pink. It draws early attention, and early detection is best.
My son is wearing his pink this year for 13 friends and family members whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. My son doesn't know it, but he is also wearing the color for a scare I received this year. In May, I was sent for my baseline mammogram. I am 36. After the first mammogram, I was sent a letter asking for a diagnostic mammogram. I FREAKED OUT! Come to find out my breast tissue is still very dense and fibrous so they needed a closer inspection. After the "inspection" I was told immediately that everything was just fine and that I will have to repeat my mammogram again next year and probably will not have to do annual mammograms until I am 40. Relief. Oh, and BTW when you get this kind of news and feel the urge to text your fellow housewives with the message "I have great boobs!" make sure you forewarn them to not let their pre-pubescent boys read their text messages-how embarrassing! Yes, I confess now, it was me who sent that celebratory text and that was the context behind it.
It is a myth that mammograms hurt terribly. Uncomfortable, yes. Mine did not look like a pancake. Take some ibuprofen before the procedure. Please, please if you are 35 years or older ask your doctor to schedule your baseline mammogram now. The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman obtain her first baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 to 40. After the age of 40, she should receive a yearly mammogram.Your baseline mammogram is simply your initial or first mammogram. Baseline images are used for comparison to later studies. Changes in your breast are often subtle, and radiologists often compare a new image to a previous image while evaluating a suspected change. Baselines are still kind of controversial because like mine, a second look is usually needed. And if you are 40 or older, ladies please don't make me come and get you, because I really will hold your hand through the procedure. I know it's nerve wracking. My girlfriends and I have even discussed having "After-MAMMO" parties, any excuse for a glass of wine or a margarita right?
Now, I want to know, do you pink out? If so how do you join the cause against breast cancer? Support? Educate? Promote awareness?