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Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Increase Your Chance For Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tieks & the American Cancer Society are reminding us of these 4 ways to be proactive about our health & increase our chances of early detection.

October has blown by and I haven't made mention of any of the thoughtful breast cancer awareness campaigns reminding us of the importance of early detection. It's a little raw for me this year. My cousin, a mother of 3 and only a few years older than me, courageously fought and thankfully beat breast cancer just this summer. I also learned that my grandmother's twin sisters were both diagnosed with breast cancer, something I was oblivious to until recently.

Ballerina Pink Tieks

It is estimated that 1 in 8 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That's a lot of friends, family members, and co-workers. But when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is over 95%.

Our friends at Tieks teamed up with the American Cancer Society this month to educate women and spread the word that routine check-ups and mammograms are the key to early detection and survival. Here are 4 ways to increase your chance of early breast cancer detection:

  • If you're 40 and older, you should have a mammogram every year and continue to do so yearly.
  • If you're in your 20s and 30s, you should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of your regular health exam by a health professional, at least every 3 years.
  • Staring in your 20s, you should also be doing breast self exams and report any breast changes to a health professional right away.
  • If you're at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year!

For more ways to increase your chance for early detection: visit the American Cancer Society's Detailed Guide.

{Tieks also sent me a beautiful pair of their ballerina pink foldable ballet flats to help raise awareness and show my support. Thanks Tieks!}