Sofia Vergara takes her health very seriously and wants others to understand the importance of checking for cancer.
The Columbian actress took to Instagram to document her mammogram experience. October is breast cancer awareness month and the 45-year-old was transparent about the need to check for any abnormalities in the breasts as 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.
While standing in front of a mammography unit, the Modern Family star captioned the video “You have to do it!!!!”
This isn’t the first time the star has been vocal and used her platform to talk about women’s health. She’s spoken about the importance of such checks before. At her current age of 45, she is within the age range of women who should be getting a mammogram every year.
The American Cancer Society does suggest that women should start getting mammograms on an annual basis once they turn 40.
Vergara also has a history of cancer which may be why the actress takes these type of screenings so seriously. When she was 28 years old, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had her thyroid gland removed via surgery.
During an interview in 2011, she opened up about that very difficult time in her life. She talked about how dire and dark things can get when the prospect of cancer is involved.
“I was very young, and when they tell you that word, it’s like, “What are you talking about?” You always think, ‘death.” You don’t – that’s all you think when they tell you that. So it was – it was pretty scary,” the beauty explained.
One thing that many who suffer from thyroid cancer experience is a lack of symptoms. This was the case when Vergara was diagnosed and she said it was an absolute nightmare having to go through the series of treatments and procedures when she felt perfectly healthy.
Having a history of cancer is also one of the main reasons that preventative measures are so crucial. Those who have had cancer in the past are more susceptible to various forms of cancer or the same type of cancer returning.