So, what's frugal about getting screened for breast cancer? It's all about catching the disease while it is still small and noninvasive. Then you can be treated with the less intense methods; saving you physical, emotional and financial wear and tear.
Why am I bringing this up today after breast cancer awareness month has come and gone? Because I have just passed my five year breast cancer screening (mammogram and sonogram). Five years ago a nodule was discovered in my left breast during a routine screening mammogram. It was biopsied and I was diagnosed with a very small, Stage 1 cancerous tumor.
It was caught very early and as a result I was able to treat it will a partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) and radiation therapy. I have been cancer free for five years as of today. I thank God that I had developed the habit of having regular screenings.
So be medically frugal: learn to do monthly breast self exams (and teach your daughters) and have mammograms and other screenings as recommended. Trust me, it's worth it.