October is nearly over. But it’s not too late.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you haven’t scheduled your mammogram – or if you’re overdue for your mammogram because of the ongoing pandemic – this is your chance to take care of yourself and to take control of your health.
Fact: one-in-eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Covid-19 or no Covid-19 – this staggering statistic has not changed. I ought to know – I am one of the one-in-eight. And so are some of my family members and friends. That’s why I’ve written on this topic before, https://dolcezitella.com/2016/01/14/how-i-got-to-red/ and https://dolcezitella.com/2016/10/20/inked/ and why I will continue to do so.
The number eight has another meaning for me. August is the eighth month of the year, and this past August marked my eighth anniversary of being cancer-free. Even though the five-year anniversary is an important milestone for breast cancer survivors, eight years is the big benchmark for women who’ve had my specific type of breast cancer. Having reached this milestone, I feel immensely grateful and blessed. But I take nothing for granted. I remain diligent and timely about my check-ups and testing, knowing that if I hadn’t been so diligent and timely a little over eight years ago, I might not have benefitted from early detection nor experienced such a successful outcome.
Stay on track. Schedule your mammogram. No excuses.