October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in their lifetime. They add that every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US, which means that early detection is critical. Better screening and early detection have helped reduce the rates of breast cancer in women, which is why mammograms are so important. While any woman who has ever had a mammogram knows how uncomfortable and awkward they can be, Jennifer Garner is here to make you feel better about scheduling this very important appointment.
The actress, who is quickly becoming one of our favorite celebrities to follow on social media thanks to her hilarious Pretend Cooking Show segments, her clever hacks for keeping bored kids busy and her genuine and relatable mom-centric content recently posted an Instagram video that may be more important than any other video she's posted.
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The secret behind @pizzana (THE Los Angeles destination for real deal Italian pizza 🍕🙌🏼) is my longtime friend @danieleuditi. (Also, hi, @candacenelson ❤️). I could not be happier for Daniele’s success— I could not be more excited to have him here — as my one and only #PretendCookingShow exclusive. 🤣🙌🏼❤️🍕😁#watchingmakesmehungry #nowondermyjeansdontfit . @pizzana Margherita Pizza Ingredients: 4 1/2 cups bread flour 2 cups water 1 teaspoon yeast 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, plus dash for sauce 1 can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes Fior Di Latte cheese (or another dry mozzarella) Parmigiano cheese Olive oil Fresh basil . Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. 2. Crush your can of tomatoes in a bowl by hand. Add a dash of salt. Mix by hand and set aside. 3. Add yeast to water, mix (Daniele does it with his finger!💪🏼). Pour into a bowl with 3 cups of flour. Dig in with your hands. Knead for about 5 minutes— by bringing the bottom of the dough to the top center. Add more flour as necessary as you go. 4. Move dough to a flat working station and let rest for 2-3 minutes. One more quick knead and then give it an hour under a— hot tip— stainless steel bowl. 🤯 5. When ready, divide the ball into four. 6. The dough is airy, so you will take your cute ball and push the air to the sides as you flatten into a sphere. You don’t need it very thin. About 10” in diameter. 7. Drizzle oil in a circle following the outline of the crust. Rub in a little bit with your fingers. 8. Spoon on your sauce (don’t be stingy, Daniele uses a lot!) 9. Add basil (again, Daniele uses quite a bit!) 10. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until your crust is starting to brown and bounces back. 11. Remove and add your cheese and another swirl of olive oil! 12. Bake for 2-3 minutes more, just enough for the cheese to melt. 13. Yum. 🍕😬🍷
The actress posted a video that followed her as she got her yearly mammogram, and we couldn't love her more for it. "Every October I have a standing date 🙂," she began her post. "For a mammogram 😬. For me, having the appointment on the books makes it routine, like the dentist. I know it’s scary, sisters, but just do it—the next best thing to an all clear is early detection. 💗 To everyone in the thick of the battle—respect and love and strength to you. 💗" The video shows the mother of three as she changes into one of those ill-fitting scrub tops, waits patiently for her name to be called, grimaces as the mammogram machine slides into place, and even blows up a plastic glove like a balloon as she waits for her results.
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Every October I have a standing date 🙂. For a mammogram 😬. For me, having the appointment on the books makes it routine, like the dentist. I know it’s scary, sisters, but just do it—the next best thing to an all clear is early detection. 💗 To everyone in the thick of the battle—respect and love and strength to you. 💗 #nationalbreastcancerawarenessmonth #octoberisforpink #🙏🏻idonttakemycleartestforgranted #thankyoudrgoldberg
Thankfully the doctor informs Garner that her mammogram "looks perfect" and she does a little celebratory dance before heading off on her way with a clean bill of health. Both fans and celebrities took the comments section to applaud Garner for doing her part to both promote and normalize mammograms. We all know that there's nothing enjoyable about having a mammogram but it really is important for all women to be proactive about their health and early detection really gives women the best odds when fighting breast cancer. Kudos to Jennifer Garner for taking her health and the health of all women seriously.