This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Beaumont. All opinions are 100% mine.
It’s that time of year where we are all anticipating the approaching holiday season (well, maybe not all 😉). In fact, I was researching faux Christmas trees today, and have a unique idea for our master bedroom I can’t wait to share with you guys this season. On a more serious note, fall is also when I happen to make my annual mammogram appointment. As your virtual decorating blog friend, I hope this little online reminder can prompt you to make an appointment for your annual mammogram if you are due. With that being said, I’ve partnered with Beaumont here in SE Michigan to help all women assess their breast cancer risk. You see, Beaumont’s Free Breast Cancer Assessment is available to everyone online even if you don’t live in Michigan. I took the assessment and I want to share it with you today.
Before I share the assessment, you may recall a couple years ago I went through a rather scary week after receiving a dreaded “call back” request after I received my mammogram. I was literally shaking in my boots for days, and I wrote about my experience, and how I learned to be my own advocate on a whole different level. Through the process I gained courage, and it helped ease my anxiety during the waiting period. If you are interested in more information, here’s the story: “Mammogram Call Back“.
After my experience that year of the “call back”, I now take my breast health more serious than ever before and try to live a healthy lifestyle and of course go to my mammograms on schedule. So, when Beaumont asked me to take their free “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment” I jumped right on it. I had often wondered what my risks were and figured this could help me understand where I am on that “risk” scale. Have you ever wondered what your overall risk for breast cancer is? This assessment that asks simple questions about ancestry, age, lifestyle, family history and other risk factors related to the development of breast cancer can help you figure it out. I now know my risk, where before I did not.
I found the assessment to be very user friendly, and only took me about 5 minutes to complete, and then approximately 5 minutes to read through my results. Below you can see part of my results, and it also explains how Beaumont determines the results by using the “Gail Model”. You can take the free assessment here:
—->Beaumont’s free breast cancer risk assessment
What age to begin having your annual mammogram can be confusing, but Beaumont has a very helpful article detailing mammography screening guidelines that I think will help clarify. If you live in SE Michigan, you can Schedule an annual mammogram at Beaumont. However, if you do not live in my area, the best advice I can give is to schedule an appointment with your Dr. and they can advise on where to get a mammogram. Taking Beaumont’s Free Breast Cancer Risk Assessment above can also help you understand how much at risk you are for breast cancer.
If you follow along here at redheadcandecorate.com I think you all know how much I love to take care of my family, while simultaneously cooking and decorating 😎. Sometimes, I forget to take the time to take care of Julie. I’m here now telling you that I take my annual mammogram very seriously, and I make the time for that appointment every single year rain or shine. My family is counting on me to.
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I got the same call back the year while teaching, It was so hard to concentrate and teach my students when I just saw the phone number and message to call back. Thank goodness there was an opening that day,(that was a God thing.) I had to have both a digital and an ultrasound, and everything you described in your feelings, I was feeling as well.
When the radiologist came in, held my hands and said it was a lymph node, I cried, jumped up and hugged her. LOL She said I had very dense breasts which makes it harder for find things. They suggested if insurance covers it, I start coming back for a digital, can detect more things.
Thanks again for sharing your experience:-)