October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I have always been supportive of Breast Cancer Awareness Month since my mother was diagnosed almost 18 years ago. Even after several reoccurrences she is considered a long term survivor. Now that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer this coming month takes on an even greater significance.

I have been researching for information for my monthly newsletter and came across a great website for health resources at: http://www.healthfinder.gov/. To find out all the health related observances for October you can check out this site: http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp?year=2008#79.

I plan on sending out the newsletter with this information and lots more in the next day or two. If you are not signed up to receive this free newsletter and would like to, please sign up on the right sidebar.

If you are behind on your yearly mammogram or even your yearly check-up with your doctor this would be a good time to schedule it. By making your appointments in October or early November you will get them out of the way before the holiday rush takes up your time. Our health is so important and many times we take it for granted. Please don’t. As scary as it is if something serious is found at least when found early it can be treated. If something is found at a later date because you procrastinated then it may be too late for a second chance.

Remember, that unless you have a very strong family history of breast cancer the odds are still in your favor that you will not get it. Wouldn’t it be better going into the holidays with a clean bill of health instead of worrying about it if you put off getting your yearly check up?

Here are several sites to check out more information on breast cancer and screening (mammogram and self exams).