No woman is safe from breast cancer. No one can prevent it. But if detected early, breast cancer is completely curable in most. Screening will help you find early signs of breast cancer (if any) before any symptoms.
By the time symptoms appear or when you can feel the lump with your hand, the disease is often at an advanced stage – needing painful interventions and your survival chances are compromised.
Although science says screening is lifesaving, your mind might still play tricks with you by giving excuses such as the ones below. Don’t let any of them distract you:
Excuse 1: “I feel healthy. Why screen?”
Excuse 2: “I do self-examination. I don’t feel lump or see other symptoms. Why screen?”
Excuse 3: “I am very busy. No time”
Excuse 4: “I have no family history. I may not get breast cancer”
Excuse 5: “I eat healthy and I exercise. Why screen?”
Excuse 6: “I don’t want bad news”
Excuse 7: “Screening will expose me to radiation”
Mental stress to the loved ones and a regret that one could have screened regularly after late diagnosis, are not worth compared to the small inconvenience and self-discipline of screening yourself once a year with mammography if you are above 40 years of age.