Monday, November 17, 2014

Reminder


I am good to go for another year.  I had my annual mammogram and received my all clear letter in the mail today.

As with everything else, there is a certain amount of controversy around the need for an annual mammogram.  It's quick and only somewhat uncomfortable in spite of all the jokes to the contrary.  So I will continue to make it a part of my proactive health maintenance since there is the family history.

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  1. I have mine tomorrow - my mother died of breast cancer. Glad you got the A-OK!

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  2. It is a good feeling when you get the A-OK letter!

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  3. I too have a history of breast cancer, including my father and his sister, so I figure better safe than sorry. I certainly can't say I enjoy the procedure but I'm always happy that the results are clear. Congratulations on your all-clear!

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  4. With no family history, I'm on a two year cycle.

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  5. Congrats on a good report. My wife has had benign cysts show up and it is a horribly frightening. So she gets both a mammogram and ultra sound down.

    For folks with no family history, I am somewhat ambivalent about the wisdom of an annual test. X-rays are ionizing radiation, they are not good for you. That is one side of the coin, the other side is that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. There is a balance of risk and I don't pretend to know what it is.

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  6. I took a break. I didn't get a mammogram for seven years running. When I did, finally, there was Something there. Now I have one breast. I am very very lucky that none of the lymph nodes were involved yet. I'll never miss that test again.
    Nor a colonoscopy, nor a flu shot, nor any of the other recommended precautions.

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    1. That is a cautionary tale for us all. Thanks.

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  7. I also am on a two-year cycle as no breast cancer runs in my family history. I disagree that it is not all the uncomfortable. It is extremely painful for me and I have to steal myself to not pass out!

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    1. My wife finds them extremely painful as well. She was advised to avoid caffein 12 hours before the exam. She wasn't sure what was worse, the pain of the test, because it was still painful, or the loss of coffee.

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    2. I guess I really do have a high pain threshold.

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  8. All I know is that B will not go to the doctor until and unless she's about three seconds from death. But she does go for a mammogram. So there must be something to it.

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  9. I should have an annual mammogram, too.

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  10. Thanks for the reminder, I am overdue though I have no family history. I have noticed as I have aged that I don't fluff up as quickly as I use to after the smashing.

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  12. I found it only hurt like hell before menopause - if I went just before a period was due. Now with soft breast tissue (I'm 64), it doesn't hurt much. I'll take Sextant's advice and go every two years as there is no history in my family.

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    1. Whoa! Ambivalence is not advice. There is a balance of risk and one must understand that balance, I don't.

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  13. I definitely think it is worth doing yearly especially if you have a family history of it!

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  14. Being a Breast Cancer Survivor I am always glad to see when someone cares enough to remind others how important our check ups are.
    Glad you got a good report. It's nice to know you go every year for a mammogram.
    Take care
    Love
    Maggie

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