One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. That means the odds are that a woman you know could be a victim of the second most frequent cause of death among their gender. But as revolutions in cancer research continue to progress, a breast cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. In fact, if breast cancer is detected before it spreads to the lymph nodes, the 5 year survival rate is 98 percent. The key to survival is this: early detection. The American Cancer Society suggests that women over 40 years of age should have a yearly mammogram. So why do many women resist this simple procedure? Excuses ranging from lack of health care coverage to simple fear of the doctor’s office often prohibit women from taking their health into consideration. Luckily, one Massachusetts-based organization has started a new initiative to get women to the doctor for that ever-important mammogram.
In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today is the official start to the Promise to Me Campaign. The campaign asks women to visit www.promisetome.com and sign up to get a reminder for a yearly mammogram, no matter your age. The site will then ask you to send a quick and easy reminder to 10 girlfriends about breast health. For every 10 women the promise is sent to, Massachusetts based women’s health care company HOLOGIC will donate $1 towards a mammogram for an uninsured woman.
Whether it’s your mother, wife, sister, grandma, or friend, women often get sidelined by the demands of everyday life. Instead of focusing on their own health, they devote themselves entirely to the needs of family and friends. Now is your time to give back to the strong women who surround you. Visit www.promisetome.com and encourage the women in your life to get a yearly mammogram. There is no excuse good enough to sacrifice one’s health.
For further information on how to receive a mammogram at low cost or no cost, simply call the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Helpline at 1-800-IM-AWARE.
A frequent contributor to DirectoryofBoston.com, Megan Johnson is originally from Connecticut, but has lived in Boston since age 18. She regularly writes for MenuPages Boston, Butterfly Diary, SweetTalk on the Spot, and Reinventing Beauty Magazine. You can visit her website at www.meganjohnson.tumblr.com. Also, Megan would like to thank Olga Karagiannis of HOLOGIC for her assistance in this article!
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