January is set aside as cervical cancer month; and usually October is set aside for breast cancer awareness month.
However, you should not wait for a specific month to get your testing. If it has been a year since your last PAP or mammogram, it is time to contact your physician and set up that appointment. See link below to previous article this month on PAP screenings.
So often women get so busy with their day to day lives that these important tests get put off too long and a problem might arise. Early testing and detection is the best defense against a cancer that could become out of control and could cost you your life. However, if you find a lump or any other suspicious change in your breast, run don’t walk to your physician. Don’t let fear of hearing bad news keep you away. Most lumps that appear in the breast ARE NOT CANCER. But when it is, you want to know right away so that the appropriate treatments can begin.
Personal Note: I am a breast cancer survivor. Eight years ago when it came time for my mammogram, I was busy and felt since I had always had them it wouldn’t matter if I put it off until the following year. But something in the back of my head told me I had better not. I phoned the Piedmont Fayette Women’s Imaging Center in Fayetteville; and they had a cancellation. I got the test fairly quickly.
(Fayette County is just south of Atlanta, Georgia).
At that time I was diagnosed with micro-calcifications which looked suspicious. These calcifications can be an early warning sign as they gather around cancer cells.
I went to a breast cancer surgeon and a biopsy was obtained (and frightfully so, it was malignant.) Each woman reacts differently when she hears those words. My reaction was – get if off – now. I did not want to be bothered with worrying the rest of my life.
I had a left sided mastectomy and never regretted it… not once. I was so fortunate that it had not spread to the lymph nodes; and I did not have to have chemo or radiation. Had I waited until the following year as I had been tempted, things could have been drastically different.
Women today put off this important screening for many reasons. Some because they feel it is uncomfortable or will really hurt if they have never had one before. I have had people step on my foot that hurt more.
Some feel they cannot afford it without insurance. There are programs to help women get these screenings.
Some feel they cannot afford to take a day off from work. It you get invasive breast cancer, you will have to take a lot of days off.
Some may not have transportation. Surely there is someone in your family that will provide that gift to you. If not, check with your local church, or county health clinic for more information.
Don’t let any excuse prevent you from getting your test on time.
Not sure what a mammogram is and why you should have it? Check out this list of Q & A’s to find answers for some of the questions you might have. http://www.aolhealth.com/condition-center/breast-cancer/awareness-month/mammograms?flv=1~~~~~
Continue reading on glowbass.com: Medical test and screenings a must for women – PAP – Atlanta Woman to Woman | glowbass.comhttp://glowbass.com/woman-to-woman-in-atlanta/medical-test-and-screenings-a-must-for-women-pap
Other articles regarding breast cancer
Outreach Program for women with breast cancer:
Certain combinations of hormones can make treating breast cancer harder when detected
Link in this article to group on Facebook called, “Hate Cancer?”
Martina Navratilova yet another celebrity with breast cancer.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital now performing digital breast screening http://glowbass.com/woman-to-woman-in-atlanta/piedmont-fayette-hospital-now-performing-digital-mammography-for-women-metro-atlanta
This site will give you much more information on Mammograms; a list of things to do in order to make sure you get a quality mammogram and how to do a self-exam – plus a whole lot more.
Check out this link to the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-detection