The Mammo Challenge
The Smash Can Save Your Life
Have you had a mammogram?
Are you afraid to get one because of how it may feel?
Are you worried about the results?
Many of my friends turn 40 this year, the age where most start getting mammograms. I wanted to challenge them to get mammograms but I thought it would be best to open this to women all over because I'm passionate about saving women from breast cancer or helping them through it. Either way, a mammogram is your start.
Why am I doing this?
It's simple, I am a breast cancer survivor and carry the Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene (BRACA 1) Breast and Ovarian cancer runs through my family. My mom, sister and a couple of aunts are survivors. I've lost family to breast and ovarian cancer so needless to say, this is important to me. I don't want your family to feel what my family has been through.
Did you know?
Facts about Mammograms
Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they're at high risk.
Mammography is a fast procedure (about 20 minutes), and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe: there's only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram.
If you have dense breasts or are under age 50, try to get a digital mammogram. A digital mammogram is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely.
If you're at high risk of breast cancer, have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or have had radiation treatment to the chest in the past, it's recommended that you start having annual mammograms at a younger age (often beginning around age 30). Discuss your personalized screening plan with your healthcare provider.
Mammograms can still miss 20% of breast cancers that are simply not visible using this technique. Other important tools — such as breast self-exam, clinical breast examination, and possibly ultrasound or MRI — can and should be used as complementary tools, but there are no substitutes or replacements for a mammogram.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 10% of women (1 in 10) who have a mammogram will require more tests. Only 8-10% of these women will need a biopsy and about 80% of these biopsies will turn out not to be cancer.
-sited from Breastcancer.org
Facts about Breast Cancer
One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
-sited from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. website
Here's the Challenge
It's simple: First get your Mammograms/Breast Ultrasound/Breast Thermography. Next, complete the registration form to join the challenge. The Mammo Challenge starts January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019. Yep, that's right, you have a whole year. If selected, you must show proof/verification of mammogram.
The grand prize is a You Are Courage gift basket full of 100 items just for you because let's be honest, it takes courage to get a mammogram. There will also be surprises along the way. So schedule your mammo today. Call your girlfriends and have them schedule theirs too. That call you make can save your life.
The drawing will take place live on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Guidelines for The Mammo Challenge
1) If you are selected for any of the drawings you will be required to submit proof/verification of mammogram to claim your prize.
2) If you are selected for any of the drawings you will be required to show a valid photo ID to claim your prize.
3) If you are selected from monthly or quarterly drawings, you still qualify for the main drawing.
4) Mammograms must be done between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. You must register by Dec. 31, 2019
5) If you are over the age of 55 and had a mammogram in 2018 and aren't due until 2020, you are eligible and must register
6) If you are selected for any of the drawings, you agree to videography, photography and interviews to be posted where we see fit (ie social media, newpapers etc)
7) If you are selected for any of the drawings, you agree to have your name and photo on materials related to this challenge without further compensation other than the prize.
8) We value your privacy, no personal identifying information will be shared or sold with any organization without your expressed written consent.
9) We respect and honor HIPPA, medical identifying information will not be shared with any organization.
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