National Mammography Day

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It probably comes as no surprise to you that there is a National Mammography Day, or that it is in October - on the 19th to be exact. Does it surprise you to hear that Senator Biden authored the National Mammography Day resolution 15 years ago?

Sen. Biden authored the first National Mammography Day resolution in 1993 to help educate women about the importance of early breast cancer detection and to remind women to schedule a mammogram, and he continues to reintroduce the resolution each year. On October 19th, mammography medical facilities nationwide will offer free or reduced-cost mammograms as part of National Mammography Day.

What I want to know is can women actually find free or reduced mammograms on October 19th? In my experience it takes months to get a mammogram appointment.

The CDC provides contact information for organizations that can help you find participating mammography facilities.

• American Cancer Society
• Susan G. Komen For the Cure
• National Cancer Institute
• Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

If you're having trouble finding time for a mammogram, how about scheduling a mammogram & manicure party with your friends?

Some people in Central Florida are working hard to make it easier. Centra Care and Florida Radiology Imaging are sponsoring Midnight, Mammograms & Manicures. Get your girlfriends together for music, munchies, manicures and mammograms!

Are you nervous about having your first mam? Mama Knows Breast shares her first mammogram experience.

I had my first mammogram today. And you know what, it wasn't so bad. Sure, getting your boob pressed in a cold vise isn't the greatest thing in the world. But it's pretty quick, and if you've given birth to a baby, believe me, you can do this too. My appointment was for 10:00 and I was out by 10:15. I even had the results. Fortunately, all clear. I won't have to come back for another two years, when I'm 40. (40?!?! Now THAT hurts).

Crochet Compulsive shares her first, too.

After breast-feeding 3 kiddos, that was NOTHING.

Let-down for the first few weeks...PAIN. (for me at and furious and curl my toes OUCHIE)

Nursing through a plugged duct...PAIN.

Flesh-rending baby bite...PAIN.

Mammogram...not so much. My favorite thing ever, nope. But I'll take that over a pelvic any day.

Laura Ainsworth shares a bit of mammogram humor from a friend and mentor.

Telling it like it is wants to remind you that with just a click you can help provide free mammograms to women.

The Breast Cancer Site was founded to help offer free mammograms to women in need — women for whom early detection would not otherwise be possible.

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