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HERSTORY: Sapphira Martin Shares her Testimonial on Breast Cancer
The conversation should never stop past October! Not something that I talk about often, however, my mother Antoinette Martin is a breast cancer survivor and I vividly remember certain moments during that period of time.
I candidly shared my journey and testimony with my WLIB fam recently. Check out my testimony below in addition to some important facts to remember for prevention.
- Check your breasts once a month, three to five days after your menstrual period ends. Have a thorough medical checkup twice a year, and have annual mammograms. Some experts recommend starting screening mammography at age 40, while others recommend beginning regular mammogram screening at age 50. Start mammograms earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about when you should have your first mammogram.
- If you use contraception, ask your doctor about the pros and cons of birth control pills.
- If you are near or in menopause, ask your doctor if you should use hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms. Studies suggest that hormone replacement, especially therapies with a combination of estrogens and progestins, can increase the risk of breast cancer. You and your doctor can make this decision based on your risk of breast cancer.
- If you are at high risk for breast cancer, certain drugs that block the effects of estrogen, such as raloxifene and tamoxifen, have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer. The risks and benefits of using these medications should be discussed with your doctor.