One of the best letters a woman can get is the one that starts, "We are pleased to inform you that the results of your recent procedure done at The Breast Center of Northwest Arkansas, are normal (showed no evidence of breast cancer).
Over 40? Go get your mammogram. Can't afford it? Search online for state covered programs for low income or uninsured women. Can't find that? Call your local breast center or Planned Parenthood. I do not have health insurance (the joy of working part time as a nonprofit executive director and a marketing consultant means no health benefits) and I thought that I couldn't afford or find a program to help me afford a mammogram. With prodding from some local women I went online last year and researched programs in my area. My annual pap exam, mammogram and any care needed if I did develop cancer is covered. Really. Find the program in your area. Don't wait.
Under 40? Do self exams because cancer doesn't just happen to us old ladies.