Her Poem To Mammogram Technicians Shows Just How Much Appreciation They Really Deserve

Mammograms and early detection saves lives.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting the stories of those affected, as well as the people who come to their aid and help bring awareness to the issue.

Shelly Watson, also known as "The Singing Siren," is a legend in the New York City burlesque scene. For the past 17 years, she has been hosting shows across the city where she shows off her wit, vocal skills, and big personality. She is a Juilliard trained opera singer who has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York State Theater, and at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Watson turned 50 this year, and after returning from her annual mammogram, she was inspired to write a poem to all the technicians who have performed those mammograms over the years.  

She performs her poem "Ode to a Mammogram Tech: Take my Breast," in the video above, and in a Facebook post, she wrote, "I find the technicians always apologize for what they're about to do. 'I'm so sorry for having to do this.' Please, don't apologize."

"I'M sorry," she writes. "Sorry for all the women who can't get a mammogram. All the women who go undiagnosed. Sorry for all the bullshit healthcare problems that make it difficult to get treatment."

One in eight women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime according to BreastCancer.org. This makes breast cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and their second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  

But thanks to annual mammograms, early detection, and better treatment, the National Breast Cancer Foundation reports there's been a 39 percent drop in mortality from 1989 to 2015.

So if you've been putting that mammogram off, maybe schedule that appointment.


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