October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of the pink ribbons are meant to remind women everywhere to get a mammogram, and to learn and practice regular self-exams of their breasts. Getting to know your own body gives you the best advantage of finding an abnormality early. Early detection is a huge factor in the successful treatment of any cancer but especially breast cancer.

Remind your patients that not all lumps are cancerous. If they find one, don’t panic, schedule an appointment and check it out to be sure. As nurses we need to set the example by doing. Schedule your mammogram today! Or remind your wife and other loved ones.

For information about breast cancer, symptoms, treatments and exams, see The Breast Cancer Learning Center.

Help pay for free mammograms for those who have no insurance coverage at The Breast Cancer Site. All you have to do is click on the button. Do it often!

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