National Mammography Day: Top 5 Reasons for Getting a Mammogram
Mammograms Save Lives!
Breast cancer in its early stages is still most responsive to treatment. Mammograms play a critical role in detecting the early stages of breast cancer in women, dramatically increasing a patient’s chance of survival. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren’t aware of mammography’s importance.
How to Know If You Need to Get a Routine Mammogram
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Mammography Day is observed every third Friday of October each year. That’s on October 21st this year. Besides giving people a chance to take part in the fight against breast cancer, the event aims to educate the public about routine mammograms and those who need to take this diagnostic procedure.
In observance of National Mammography Day, Breast Cancer Car Donations lists the main reasons for getting a mammogram:
1. You’re over 40 years of age.
According to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for early breast cancer detection, women over the age of 40 should have their mammograms at least once every year. Your chances of developing cancer increase as you age. Your risk increases further if you possess risk factors such as early menstruation, sedentary lifestyle, and poor food choices among others.
For women age 55 and older, the American Cancer Society recommends getting a mammogram at least once every two years, or they can continue with their yearly mammograms if they so desire.
2. A family member or relative has a history of breast cancer.
Women, in general, have a one in eight, or 13%, chance of developing breast cancer. However, having a first-degree relative such as a mother or sister with a history of breast cancer doubles your chances of developing the disease. Having two first-degree relatives increases your breast cancer risk by three-fold.
If your family has a history of breast cancer, it’s recommended that you undergo a routine mammogram each year, even if you’re not over 40 years old.
3. You had breast cancer before.
A personal history of breast cancer doesn’t make you immune to the recurrence of the disease in the future. Recurrences can happen within five years of lumpectomy, or removal of a cancerous breast lump. On average, a breast cancer survivor has a 3% to 15% chance of recurrence within 10 years.
Unless you had both of your breasts removed (bilateral mastectomy), you’ll need to continue routine mammograms to check for new or recurring tumors. That way, you can start early treatment and prevent metastasis.
4. You felt a lump in your breast.
Breast self-examinations (BSE) are a type of breast cancer screening method that aids in the early detection of breast cancer. If you feel a lump or mass that feels more solid than the rest of your breast tissue, you need to undergo a mammogram to rule out breast cancer.
5. You want to become a role model.
What better way to encourage others to get a mammogram than to take it yourself? Many women often skip mammograms because of the false notion that the examination will hurt or expose them to radiation.
While a mammogram test may cause a little discomfort, it generally doesn’t hurt. Furthermore, modern mammogram x-ray machines use only low radiation doses to get high-quality images.
Do You Want to Help Desperate Breast Cancer Patients in Your Area?
If you’re looking to help uninsured and indigent breast cancer patients in your community, consider donating any type of vehicle to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations. We’ll turn your gift into a powerful tool for saving the lives of those patients.
Our team will sell your donated automobile through an auction and use the proceeds to support the life-saving programs and services of our breast cancer-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding we provide them to sustain their delivery of comprehensive breast health services to their beneficiaries.
Thanks to your donation, more disadvantaged breast cancer patients will be able to gain easy access to leading cancer centers as well as receive financial assistance to cover the costs of their treatments, doctor consultations, hospital fees, medications, and other vital health care services they need. Our charity partners also provide their beneficiaries with free breast cancer screening and diagnosis as well as prevention and education services.
To show you our appreciation for your charitable deed, we’ll promptly mail to you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car within days following its sale. This receipt will enable you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
Aside from tax incentives, you’ll also benefit from our towing service. It’s completely free and available to our donors anywhere in the country.
Above all, you’ll get to experience the joy and satisfaction of making a charitable act aimed at saving the lives of breast cancer victims.
Almost all types of vehicles are qualified for our donation program, including those that have dents, scratches, and defective parts. We accept even vehicles that are no longer running.
To get to know our quick and easy donation process and other pertinent details about Breast Cancer Car Donations, head over to our FAQs page. For inquiries, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-540-5069 or leave us a message here.
Bring Hope to Breast Cancer Sufferers Today!
Your car donation can help save the lives of destitute breast cancer patients in your area. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our secure online donation form now!