As Mothers it’s what we do. We take care of our houses, our husbands, our kids but how often do we take care of ourselves? Not often enough that’s for sure. It’s time – starting with our health. It’s time to make sure to get an annual physical, do monthly self breast exams and if you are in a high risk group for breast cancer or older than age 40 get yearly breast scans. Mammography may not be enough.
If you are one of the 40% of women with dense breasts mammography most likely will not catch a lump in its early stages and self exam is no guarantee either. Women with dense breasts are 5-6 times more likely to develop breast cancer, so early screening becomes that much more important.
If you are in a high risk group, or just concerned, there are options besides mammography – Options like Automated Breast Ultrasound or ABUS for short. Currently there is only one office in Canada that does this sort of scan, VIP Breast Imaging, and they are offer the scan outside of the public health care system. That means there is no need for a referral, no waiting lists, you just book an appointment, pay and take care of business. There are out-of-pocket costs ($300), but some insurance plans may cover a portion. If you are underprivileged then they have a program in place to help you out as well. Don’t forget to save your receipts because the scan is tax-deductible.
Watch this short video from the ever fabulous Dee Brun – The Cocktail Deeva as she walks us through her experience with the exam process. There is a little bit of boobage so you many not want to watch with children in the room.
For more information about how to book an appointment, office hours or to learn more visit VIP Breast Imaging online. As soon as I can get to Toronto I will be booking my first appointment. My 40’s are creeping up on me.
*Disclosure – I have been offered a scan in exchange for raising awareness of ABUS and it’s importance. All opinions expressed are my own.