Talk the Talk: Teach Yourself and Others About Breast Health

This action plan takes you through all the crucial steps necessary to bring yourself and others up to speed on breast health, from having “The Talk” and getting tested to learning about breast cancer from those who have lived through the experience.

Talk the Talk: Teach Yourself and Others About Breast Health

Breast Cancer Awareness month in October has become a worldwide phenomenon, holding many meanings for different kinds of people. But, at its core, it’s about getting women to talk – not just about breast cancer, but also about breast health in general. The best way to celebrate this year is by starting a conversation of your own.

As with any sensitive area of the human body, it can be difficult (and awkward) to talk about breast health, especially with a younger person. But staying informed is the best way to prevent issues from arising (or knowing how to address them when they do). And, more often than not, breast education begins among family members and friends at home.

This action plan takes you through all the crucial steps necessary to bring yourself and others up to speed on breast health, from having “The Talk” and getting tested to learning about breast cancer from those who have lived through the experience.

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Get tested often

In addition to self-examining, women should make appointments to receive regular mammograms. Typically, women begin the process at age 50, and receive one every other year. Some women with certain risk factors may need one earlier. The importance of this test can’t be overstated: Mammograms play a big role in “early detection,” meaning they can pick up on some cancers during stages 0 and 1, when the curability rate is 98%. Overall, mammograms diminish breast cancer death rates by 30%. No “Talk” about breast health with family member or friend is complete without mention of the mammogram, the most effective means of preventing and detecting breast cancer.

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