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Celebrating 40 with a Mammogram


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 changes early.

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.

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