Let’s talk breasts. With it being October, pink month, aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s time to start thinking about taking care of yourself. Luckily there are plenty of tools and health centers that can make sure that you have all of your bases covered. No matter the budget, there are plenty of locations around Chicago that can assist you in making sure that your best friends aren’t causing any problems for you.
First things first: early detection. Your doctor only checks up on you once a year, so the other 364 days it’s up to you to make sure everything is going smooth. Or in this case, feeling smooth. The good thing is with technology, there is literally an app for that. EarlyDetectionPlan.org offers a free website and app that provides information about mammograms, doctors, and locations based off of your age and health history. It not only can create a schedule for you throughout the year, but it can send you an alert to remind you to check yourself every month and you can schedule your clinical breast exams through the organization. Easy and fancy, all for your girls.
When it comes to locations, there are plenty of places that offer reduced cost or even free mammograms. You can check for a location near you on multiple websites including Chicago Breast Cancer, City of Chicago, and National Breast Cancer. Also, the Chicago Breast Cancer website features information about organizations that can assist with mammograms and more (check it out here). Another note, ask your current doctor if there is anything they can do to assist you with getting a mammogram. Some might be able to help with price or know another location that can help.
Most importantly, read up. Being aware of the signs, knowing the details, and using prevention methods will only help. You can check out any cancer organization’s website, including National Breast Cancer, to find out all the details to protect yourself. After all, not only is it important to stay safe, but no one can deny it’s great to have breasts. Do your part to protect them.