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Girls…ya better get your “girls” checked…seriously!

October 3, 2010

According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living at this very moment. I am very happy to be one of them, although, I would probably not be among this group had I not been vigilant about getting my annual well woman exam. And I’ll be honest here, part of the reason I’d always been good about it was because I was on birth control pills and they require you to get examined once a year to get a perscription refill.

Be that as it may, I cannot stress how important it is to get “the girls” and the who-ha checked out annually. I know they say to do monthly breast self-exams, which I would never discourage, but above all else, a yearly examination by a professional just might save your life. I know it saved mine. My cancer was mean, nasty, and growing at an exponential rate. Who knows what might have happened if I had not visited my gynocologist when I had. I was lucky that he noticed the sizeable lump and set the wheels in motion for me to deal with all of this. Thank you Dr. Hershberger, for detecting this and urging me to get a mammogram.

And the same thing goes for cervical and uterine cancer. Those who get annual exams are much more likely to survive battles with these types of cancer. It’s all about early detection, ladies. If you make no resolution to yourself but this, please promise to schedule your annual well woman exam. Make this your priority. Do not think that, “Cancer doesn’t run in my family…It won’t happen to me.”

Yeah…That’s what I  thought, too.

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5 comments

  1. Thank you for posting that. It’s so important to get checked every single year.


  2. that 2.5 million survivors number needs to be a whole lot bigger, because there are a whole lot more of us who have been diagnosed.

    breast cancer isn’t just for older women, young women get it too. And most women who are diagnosed have no family history. Don’t go making excuses for why you’re immune; the number one risk factor for breast cancer is being female (although men can get it as well).


    • Good points, Judy! Especially, the part about men getting it, too.


  3. Hi chemomama! You are my new hero. I am 35 yo and 28 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 weeks ago. I had a mastectomy 4 weeks ago and am in my first cycle of chemo. I am Audtralian and have been trawling the Internet for online support and similar stories. Your blog reads as though it was written just for me! I would love to chat to you if have time! Thank you.


  4. Sorry my previos post had my wrong contact details.



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