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Mammograms – Get the Facts!

March 30, 2009

I was recently among a group of women and the conversation turned to mammograms.  Not really sure how we took that turn, but we did.  We’re women, so it could have been purses, shoes, kids or the latest episode of “24”, but no, it was mammograms.

One woman said that she was trying to make an appointment for her baseline mammogram, and was turned down by the scheduling nurse, even though her doctor recommended it, because she wasn’t age 40 yet.

Another said that she held off on getting her mammogram because she was afraid she would have problems getting pregnant or breastfeeding her child.

Another said, seriously, that she still had a year or two before she turned 40 so, thankfully, she didn’t have to get it done yet.

I won’t rant and rave here, but there are too many people I love affected by this dreadful disease (including the amazing Julie who has been kicking cancer’s ass for the better part of more than a decade) to not be upset by this.  DON’T guess – get the facts about mammograms.   There are tons of websites that give you much more information than you could possibly need.  Then ask your doctor.  Mine recommended a baseline at age 35, another at 38, then annual ones from 40 on.  I don’t have a family history of the disease, but she’s…well, let’s just say she’s through.  Your mileage may vary.  Mammograms are not foolproof, and they do miss things, but they catch a lot of cancers before they can do damage.  They are not invasive, or even painful, giving you nothing to put off.  So don’t wait, do your homework and take care of yourself.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 30, 2009 1:38 pm

    Yep.

    Nothing else, just a hearty agreement from this survivor.

  2. March 31, 2009 9:58 pm

    Survivors rock.

  3. March 31, 2009 10:03 pm

    Beautiful.

    Absolutely beautiful and important.

    Thanks, Ellen. I’m sure you helped someone today.

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