Jennifer Garner Has Posted A Live Mammogram Video To Highlight Their Importance

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world. The aim is to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education and research.

Every 15 seconds, a woman somewhere in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Scary, but real. But, the earlier the detection, the better the chances of survival.

Actress Jennifer Garner wanted to showcase this – and how simply prevention can be – in a recent Instagram video which highlights breast cancer awareness among her fans as part of the global campaign.

In the video, Garner gets her annual mammogram and guides viewers through the process. 

She captioned the video: “Every October I have a standing date. For a mammogram. For me, having the appointment on the books makes it routine, like the dentist.”

“I know it’s scary, sisters, but just do it—the next best thing to an all-clear is early detection.

"To everyone in the thick of the battle—respect and love and strength to you. #nationalbreastcancerawarenessmonth #octoberisforpink #idonttakemycleartestforgranted #thankyoudrgoldberg”

According to Cancer Research, the risk of breast cancer is generally very low for women under 50.

Mammograms are more difficult to read in younger women because their breast tissue is denser. So the patterns on the mammogram don’t show up as well. There is little evidence to show that regular mammograms for women below the screening age would reduce deaths from breast cancer. However, people at a higher risk of breast cancer because of family history or gene mutation are recommended to have regular MRI scans or mammograms from as young as 20.

For more information, check out Breast Cancer Ireland here

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