For all of you boys out there that don't know what that is, that's the machine they use to administer a mammogram.
For all of you girls out there, over the age of 40, that don't know what it is, well, get ye into the doctor's office!
Here are some boring statistics from the Breast Cancer site:
Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year.
If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.
If you're 40 or older, you need to have a mammogram at least every 2 years, though many doctors recommend an annual exam. If you there's a history of breast cancer in your family, you need to start getting checked out in your 30s. My first was when I was 35.I have so many friends and acquaintances that fear or avoid this test. Ladies, if that's you, if you're avoiding it because you're afraid that it will be painful, then don't be. There's just nothing to be afraid of.
Yes, they're going to take you in there and pancake your breasts side-ways once, and then up and down-ways. It is vaguely uncomfortable, and if you're more tender than the rest of us, then it might be a little painful.
A LITTLE painful. You're not going to scream or cry. The squooshing procedure takes less than 15 seconds. And then the discomfort is over, and you get to go your merry way.
If you're a timid one, ask for a female technician. Keep in mind that she's flopping and squishing and touching boobs all day long, and she is not going to care how big or small yours are, and she's not going to think they're funny, or weird or amazing. She's only going to care that they're healthy, and that there's nothing going on inside that might kill you.
If you're indifferent or unconcerned, just think about those statistics again. 1 in 8!! You have 7 coworkers? 7 women that show up at a family function? 7 friends? Line up with any of the 7, and you're number 8.
Just do it. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family, your kids. Do it for your friends. If this hasn't moved you, do it as one little favor for me.
I'll never ask you to do anything again.