October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everyone will be wearing pink in the form of ribbons, shirts, tee shirts and more. What we see doing this awareness month is everyone being “pretty in pink”.
We have all known someone who has been affected by this horrific disease, or we may be that person. Most survivors carry scars from their treatments to defeat breast cancer. Some of the scars are physical, but some are mental and not only affect them, but their loved ones too. There are those women and men who carry both types of scars. Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease, it does not discriminate when it comes to who is affected by it.
Sometimes the chemo may cause the hair to fall out, it can even affect the color of ones skin tone. The scars of mastectomies may be covered, but they are there nonetheless. Some survivors have lymphedema in their arms after the mastectomies.
Mammograms do not catch every type of breast cancer, but they do aid in the detection of many. This imaging can be expensive if you do not have health insurance. There are places in every community that offer free or low cost services. Below is a list of some of the ones in Tarrant County and the surrounding counties in Texas. Please share with us those in your area so that everyone can benefit from these services.
- John Peter Smith
- Moncrief Cancer Institute
- Texas Health Resources
- Tarrant County Public Health Department
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about more than being “pretty in pink”. It’s about being informed and finding a cure.