Chatting with Kellie Pickler: Kellie Pickler Shaves Head to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
This weekend, I had the pleasure to chat with country music star and one of my favorite American Idol contestants, Kellie Pickler. As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Kellie is passionate about raising awareness that this disease can affect women (and men) of any age! Kellie is taking a proactive approach to spreading the word that early detection is key to breast cancer survival.
You may have seen Kellie shave her head on Good Morning America last week in support of her friend, Summer Miller. Kellie’s dear friend, Summer, at only 35 years old, is battling breast cancer. As a show of solidarity, she adorned her tour bus with a pink ribbon with Summer’s name on it as a sign of encouragement. So incredibly sweet! Kellie Pickler is trying to spread the word that early detection is key to survival. Waiting until the age of 40 for a mammogram could be fatal. The Sweepstakes Mama team and Kellie encourages all women to do monthly self-exams and annual mammograms.
Kellie told ABC News:
“Cancer does not discriminate,” Pickler said in a statement to ABC News. “If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it,” Kellie’s friend, Summer Miller added.
Kellie shared with Shannon, of SweepstakesMama.com, that she is letting her hair grow back, but encourages all women to schedule their mammograms for preventative screening. Kellie insists that “Early detection is key!”
We often delay breast cancer screenings because we don’t have time, we forget our appointments, or we just don’t think it will happen to us. Did you know about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? Early detection is the key to survival. Also, about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
You DO have time to go get a mammogram. You can’t risk NOT going! Your life could be at stake. Be sure to call your mom, sister, friends, family, and ask them to schedule their own mammograms, too! I know I will.
Do you know someone affected by breast cancer? Maybe it’s even you. Share your stories and schedule your mammogram, today!