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The Club, Issue #020
October 14, 2021

Newsletter Issue #20 - October 2021

Happy Fall!! 🍂 It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I've included some resources in this issue that you can use yourself or pass on to anyone who might need it.

In this newsletter, you'll find...

📍3D Mammograms

📍A Planksgiving Challenge

📍Pumpkin Spice is Everywhere!

3D Mammograms

They're worth it!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day (Friday, Oct. 15th), I’d like to make a plug for 3D mammograms. Regular screening of any kind is important and there is more and more research to indicate the benefits of 3D mammograms.

Traditional mammography takes a single picture versus 3D mammography which takes multiple pictures or slices. The multiple pictures are used to make a 3D image that is clearer and easier to read. These images help detect more cancers and detect them early and help doctors see the size of the cancer easier. It also reduces false positives.

In research published in 2019, it was shown that 3D mammography increased breast cancer detection rates by about 40% over conventional 2D mammography. You can read more about that here: 3D Mammogram Study Unfortunately, many insurance companies don’t cover the added cost of a 3D mammogram so patients have to make up the cost difference or go with the traditional 2D screening.

Based on my personal experience in 2016, I highly recommend a 3D mammogram. I was fortunate that my cancer was very small and caught very early. My surgeon indicated that a 3D mammogram was the reason my cancer was caught early. A conventional mammogram may not have caught it and I would have gone a whole year before another screening. In hindsight, the best $50 I EVER spent.

Many women can afford to pay out-of-pocket fees on top of insurance coverage but far too many women don’t have that option. They can’t afford it or don’t have insurance at all. This shouldn’t hold them back from getting the proper screenings and care they need.

If you have the means, please consider donating to help someone in need. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can choose exactly where you want your donation to go so you can help specifically with mammogram costs. Click this link to Donate for Mammograms

If you need financial assistance or know someone that does, here’s a search tool that can help find no or low-cost screening programs near you. Screening Resources

Please help by spreading the word that there are resources out there. No one should go without quality screenings.

A Planksgiving Challenge

A month of Planks and Thanks!

Pumpkin Spice Is All The Rage

Pumpkin Spice is EVERYWHERE and in EVERYTHING! I'll admit I indulge in a Pumpkin Spice Latte now and then and I like pumpkin muffins or pancakes on the weekend. I found a simple recipe from The Pioneer Woman to make my own blend of pumpkin spice so I always have plenty. It's made with spices I usually already have and is cheaper than buying a jar of Pumpkin Spice at the store. You can use this spice blend in coffees, smoothies, muffins, pancakes, waffles, soups, breads and so much more!

3 tbsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Whisk all ingredients together and store in an airtight jar or container.

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