Brooke Boukather turned 40 this October and to celebrate her birthday this
year, she’s getting a mammogram…and, her mom and sister are
getting their annual screens at the same time! CaroMont Health sat down
with Brooke to ask her a few questions.
Q: Why is important for women to get their annual mammogram?
A: I just turned 40 in October, and experts encourage women at this age to
have a baseline mammogram. Getting my first mammogram now can help detect
Q: Are you nervous about having your first mammogram?
A: I’m not nervous at all. It’s nice to have this as an option.
Q: How do you feel about getting your first mammogram with your mom and
sister there with you?
A: Getting my first mammogram with my mom and sister allows us to have fun
with it and to make a great memory. We’ll make it fun, for sure!
Q: What would you say to women who may be reluctant to get a mammogram?
A: We’ve seen such positive results following early detection within
our family and our friends, why would we not want to get this done? When
a problem is detected early, you usually have better options regarding
treatment, surgery and a better recovery.
Family history or not, it is so important for us to take care of ourselves
in every aspect—nutrition, exercise, health and overall positive
well-being. We all lead such busy lives. Having a day like this to come
together, raise awareness and funds for local cancer patients, benefiting
others, have a mammogram and have fun, it just makes you feel good. Besides,
we [women] care for so many other people in our lives, and we must take
care of ourselves to be able to care for others.