Jennifer Garner shares a video of her getting a mammogram for breast cancer awareness

Jennifer Garner has shared a video of her mammogram appointment to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

The 47-year-old actress has a mammogram scan every October - which is breast cancer awareness month - in order to ensure she isn’t at risk of the disease, and has now posted a portion of her appointment on social media in order to encourage other women to make the scan part of their “routine”.

In the video, she says: “Happy October! It’s breast cancer awareness month and it’s time for a mammogram!”

The clip then shows the ‘Peppermint’ star doodling on a form, as well as quick shots of her undergoing the scan, before she is seen blowing up a latex glove as she waits for the doctor to return with her results.

When her doctor tells her the scan is “perfect” and gives her the all-clear, she then does a joyful dance.

Jennifer captioned the video: “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 (sic)”

Meanwhile, the ‘Alias’ actress - who has Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, seven, with her ex-husband Ben Affleck - recently admitted she can be a “fun-killing” mother, as her brood have dubbed her “the dragon”.

She said: "If you're like me, I kill the fun.

"I am so lame. I say no to everything. They call me the dragon. They have all these names for me.”

But Jennifer does have a ‘Yes Day’ once a year, where she allows her children to do as they please.

She added: "A 13-year-old and a seven-year-old have a different idea about what they'd like to get out of 'Yes Day'.

"They have to agree 'cause it's just one day."

- Bang! Showbiz