October is breast cancer awareness month, if you weren’t already aware. I don’t share this story often, but it’s important for women of all ages to take their breast health seriously. I feel compelled to share my story publicly to encourage you to
I was 25, relatively young in breast health years, when I started having problems. My doctor referred me to the breast health center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa where I underwent my first mammogram and a needle biopsy. Very scary for me knowing my family history. I had a great aunt on my mother’s side of the family pass away from breast cancer and an aunt on my father’s side of the family choose a double mastectomy as her treatment program for breast cancer. Fortunately I didn’t have cancer, but rather had calcium build-up in milk ducts, which they removed. Now 10 years later, I have an annual mammogram and watch things very carefully to ensure the family history doesn’t creep up on me.
I encourage you to conduct regular self-exams and if you find anything abnormal, please do not be afraid to seek medical care. Early detection saves lives.