October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be hard not to see the pink ribbons, TV commercials, and 5k fundraisers throughout the month. However, breast cancer awareness is important every month of the year—not just in October—because 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Between work, family, children, and other obligations, women often let their own health take a backseat, and it can be easy to forget about important screening exams. A new breast health program, a partnership between Raleigh Radiology and MIX 101.5, will help women remember to take time for their own breast health.
Breast Health Buddy Check
Raleigh Radiology has partnered with MIX 101.5 and on-air personality Diane Ramsey to sponsor a breast health program aimed at helping women remember breast health every month. The Breast Health Buddy Check program sends subscribers a monthly e-reminder to perform a breast self-exam. Taking the time to perform a monthly self-exam can help to find potential cancers early, when treatment is most effective. Visit the WRAL-FM website to learn more and sign up for the Buddy Check program.
Why do a breast self-exam?
During a breast self-exam, a woman checks her own breasts for changes or potential problems. The goal of a self-exam is to find breast cancer early, in its most treatable stage because when detected and treated early, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is over 90%. Early detection saves lives!
Self-Exams and Mammograms
In addition to monthly self-exams, most women should receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40. While self-exams help to find certain conditions that may be seen or felt from outside the breast, mammograms help to find abnormalities that are still too small to be felt. Mammograms are an essential part of your health! Don’t forget to get your mammogram each year.
Schedule Your Mammogram at Raleigh Radiology
Raleigh Radiology offers mammograms in several convenient locations including Blue Ridge, Cedarhurst, Wake Forest, and a dedicated breast center in Raleigh. Our staff of experienced professionals will answer your questions, provide comfort, and ensure the highest quality imaging.