Going out for cocktails with your girlfriends, getting a manicure, going on vacation — these are the sort of fun events where one might whip out a phone to snap a pic for social media. Going for a mammogram however? That is never anyone’s idea of a fun time.
But actress Sofia Vergara appears to have enjoyed her recent breast screening. So much so that the Modern Family star posted a video to Instagram of herself getting checked for breast cancer.
In the clip that has been watched over one million times, Sofia, 45, is dressed in a robe and posed in front of a mammography machine. The Colombian actress smiles from ear-to-ear while her she throws her arms into the air.
"You have to do it!!!!" she wrote in the caption to her Instagram following of 13.2 million.
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so the vivacious brunette is using her platform to influence greater positivity for breast screen in the hopes that other women — her friends, family, and fans — will follow suit and get checked too.
And it seems that her followers got the message. "Going to make my appointment tomorrow!" one wrote on in the comments section of the video. "Well done! It's awesome to encourage other women to have their mammograms," said another. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in American women, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
When it comes to screening for breast cancer, mammograms are still the best tool available. The American Cancer Society says women ages 40 to 44 have the choice to start annual mammograms if they wish, women ages 45 to 54 should get annual mammograms, and women 55 and older can get mammograms every two years, or continue to do yearly screenings. The website also notes that, "all women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening."
Current research shows that the reduction in breast cancer mortality that mammograms deliver outweighs any potential risks from radiation. Sofia is well aware of this fact and has not been shy in posting about mammograms in the past.
In 2016, the actress shared a pre-mammogram selfie on Instagram. "It’s that time of year," she wrote.
This post was written by Bettina Tyrrell. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.