HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: Mary J. Blige attends the premiere of Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy" at ArcLight Hollywood on February 12, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

It’s breast cancer awareness month and Mary J. Blige, who lost her aunt to breast cancer, is joining the Black Women’s Health Imperative to educate women on the importance of annual mammograms.

As a breast cancer survivor, I’m always grateful to anyone who brings attention to the steps you can take for early detection and prevention of this disease.  In this video, Mary J. Blige talks about the importance of getting annual mammograms and her own experience of getting one in the pandemic.

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From losing an aunt to breast cancer to worrying before an appointment and being consistently booked and busy, Grammy-award winning recording artist and actr...

The “P.O.W.E.R. of Sure” campaign has these tips for you:

“Prevention – There is no way to fully prevent developing breast cancer. However, healthy lifestyle choices that include a balanced diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight do help to decrease your risk.

Own Your Health Journey – Be empowered to make the best choices for your health and well-being by taking an active role in caring for yourself.

Wellness – A lifestyle of wellness allows you to define what is normal for you. Listening to your body and knowing your normal is vital to identifying when something might require your attention.

Early Detection – Early detection saves lives!

Results & Resolutions – No matter the results, screening mammography equips you with the information you need to make the best decisions for you.”

You can learn more about the “P.O.W.E.R. of Sure” campaign here and more information about the Black Women’s Health Imperative here.