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Jennifer Aniston Wants You to Get Your Mammogram (VIDEO)

by Amy Reiter on October 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Jennifer AnistonWill women soon embrace mammograms and other early-detection breast cancer screenings as enthusiastically as they once embraced the "Rachel" haircut?

Let's hope so.

In order to raise awareness for breast cancer and the life-saving benefits of regular mammograms and early detection, Jennifer Aniston (who brought us all that ubiquitous layered hairdo back in her Friends days) recently joined Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to tour a breast health center in Northern Virginia.

Aniston has clearly taken on the topic of breast cancer of late: Five, a collection of five short films focusing on the impact of breast cancer, in which she was involved as a producer and director, premiered on Lifetime last week, and she seems to be everywhere speaking out to raise awareness.

With Biden and Sebelius, Aniston met with doctors and administrators who are working to make state-of-the-art breast-cancer detection and care accessible and affordable to all.

Biden and Sebelius's involvement underscores the White House's admirable efforts toward those same goals, in part by working to make mammograms and cervical cancer screenings available to women with no co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs via the Affordable Care Act.

Early detection can mean the difference between life and death for many women with breast cancer, and frighteningly, mammogram rates have been dwindling in recent years. Biden and Sebelius hope to reverse the trend and boost those rates by making sure prevention and care are affordable and accessible to all.

Aniston's involvement may also help. On TV shows like Friends and in countless movies, she's proven that she can have a cultural impact. Here's hoping she has a positive impact on women's health as well.

Will Jennifer Aniston's involvement prompt you to get a mammogram?


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Filed Under: breasts, cancer, celebrities, general health, healthy habits, medical tests, preventative medicine




    October 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    I don't think a celebrity will make me more likely to do anything.

  • ethan...


    October 19, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    It wont, but hopefully for those for whom it would- they hear her message.

  • Jeric...


    October 19, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    It won't influence me at all.

  • aneela


    October 19, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    nope i dont usually care what celebrities do or dont do....but this is a great cause so im glad she can help those who will listen to her

  • Krist...


    October 20, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Her involvement might remind me to get it done. I think ill continue to do self exams, and Ill talk to my doctor about mammograms and when its best to start doing them on a regular basis.

  • Peajewel


    October 20, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    No.  A celebrity will not make me do anything just because they say I should.  What did make me do it is my doctor saying it was a good idea a few years earlier than recommended.  My sister battled breast cancer and although they have no proof it is hereditary he still said it would be a good idea to do.

  • Saman...


    October 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Probably not.

  • KamiB79


    October 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM
    More than likely no.
  • iam4you2


    October 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Thank you for sharing!

  • iam4you2


    October 21, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    It does not make me want to get one because shes more involved. 

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