Mammogram day...

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-03-13 08:08:55 -0500
Started 2015-03-10 11:16:06 -0500

Yes I am off to get my boobs squeezed, and NOT in the good way…I believe in mammograms and believe every woman should get them done…BUT I refuse to get one every year…and have pissed off more than a few doctors in my life..ALL of my mammograms have come back clean…so I skip a year and get them done every other year…although I see the reason for screening for cancer..I do NOT see the reason for pushing my luck and causing cancer with more radiation than necessary..Was wondering how the ladies feel about this..How often do you go for a mammogram…

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MarkS 2015-03-12 09:26:01 -0500 Report

Timely discussion. I am currently reading the book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Two night ago I just happened to be on the chapter that detailed the mammogram and overall survival. If I remember correctly, a mammogram increases breast cancer detection and overall survival if a woman is 55 years old or older and is not statistically significant for those less than 55 years old.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-12 12:04:38 -0500 Report

Tell that to my sister whos breast cancer was caught on mammogram when she was 42…her first one…it had already spread into the second breast by then…her mammogram saved her life…I don't like statistics for this reason…human beings are not statistics…I suppose the people doing the study consider the people that died of breast cancer because it wasn't caught to be insignificant as well…as I said I do not believe in going insane and running to the doctor every year for a mammogram…But I believe every woman should get a baseline at 40..and go every two or so years to see if there have been any changes..OOOOooo I also knew I woman..a fellow mother..when my children were in grade school ( almost forgot about her)..She was in her 30's when she was diagnosed..her mother had it…and her sister who was in her 40's was just her doctor wanted to be extra careful…and bam…they caught it very early…When I hear that 2 in 10 woman get breast cancer…I take that seriously…women need to monitor their breast health with the same care they monitor their heart health…rant over..

MarkS 2015-03-12 12:43:04 -0500 Report

I agree that each woman is an individual and has to monitor herself as well as take her family history into account. And I am available to check for lumps.

mema67 2015-03-11 21:11:31 -0500 Report

I go every year. My sister had breast cancer and it was found with a mammogram. She caught it early and it has been several years now and she is still cancer free. Mammograms are a good thing!!

tabby9146 2015-03-11 11:28:49 -0500 Report

I do get a pap smear every year though. I do not like the new recommendations of women getting a pap smear every two years, some articles say three, if they have had I think 2 or 3 in a row that are good. I think every year ,no matter the age, even older women.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-11 20:16:31 -0500 Report

Every Doctor I have had for the past 10 years makes me get once twice a year…because my sister had cervical cancer young…I keep trying to explain to them that my sister is a special case and if they are going to screen me like that for everything she has had I might as well just move into the clinic…

lilleyheidi 2015-03-11 03:05:04 -0500 Report

I do not get one every year, although I do not think it is a bad idea at all, I just don't do it personally. I am seeing my PCP this thursday, oh tomorrow lol, and that is one thing I will discuss as it has been about 5 or 6 years for me, and think it probably is a good idea to get one.

Pegsy 2015-03-10 16:44:17 -0500 Report

I had one in January of this year. Squeaky clean. My previous was probably 10 years ago. They really hurt me and I swore I would never go back but my doctor talked me into it. It wasn't bad at all, much has changed. My doctor recommends every other year.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-10 15:42:23 -0500 Report

I have never had one, and never plan to have one, I'm 59 and so far I've never had any problems in that area so I won't be doing this. If I ever did start to have problems I would be running to get one done. :)

YankeeLady 2015-03-10 16:23:06 -0500 Report

Oh my you are playing with dynamite !! I had breast cancer in 2009 - I was 60 - I caught it myself as I found a small lump- or so I thought - it was already stage 2 - so my lumpectomy became a partial mastectomy and the loss of 12 lymph glands — so I would say ?? go get one— it is uncomfortable with us big busted ladies but nothing like having cancer- so please !! re-think this — really —

RebDee 2015-03-10 15:19:29 -0500 Report

I get my mammogram annually. I had breast reduction surgery when I was 35 years of age and it helped to keep me clean. So I will continue to get my mammogram annually. I heard that there is a new machine that just takes your picture and doesn't squeeze the life out of your breasts. Can't wait for that to happen to me.

GabbyPA 2015-03-10 14:20:04 -0500 Report

They are now doing sonogram exams and I don't know if that is better or worse. I am horrible at this stuff. With no regular doctor, I just have not done it. There is a lot of "myth" and "rumor" out there about the good and the bad of it all. I would never tell someone to not get one, but I am not beating at the door either. Sorry, but I'm not a good example in this.

tabby9146 2015-03-11 11:26:26 -0500 Report

yes there is which is why I do not get mammograms. I had one baseline years ago. I worry about the radiation and other things that many articles had pointed out, even very reputable reliable sources. I am going to get another soon though but i will never go every year.

YankeeLady 2015-03-10 16:25:43 -0500 Report

Once again I say — go do it now — if you have estrogen in your body? CANCER feed off estrogen — so save yourself for you and your family- get a mammogram— or at least do a self exam every week— that's how I found mine— Love yourself enough to do this !!

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-10 15:00:08 -0500 Report

When it comes to breast cancer..because it is so prevalent…I believe they now say 2 out of 10 women get it…and because if caught early it is 100% curable…I believe 100% in testing…I just don't believe in going nuts and having your boobs checked every 12 mos…

sweetslover 2015-03-10 13:07:22 -0500 Report

I went more than 20 years from my last mammogram until 2 weeks ago, and let me tell you I got the scare of my life. As it turned out, I have a benign cyst, but for a couple of hours I was so scared all I could do was sit there and shake. The next day my BG was through the roof. I have another mammogram scheduled for 6 months for comparison purposes. You had better believe I am going to it. I don't like the radiation or the "boob" squeezing, and I absolutely abhor having people touch me like that, but they have a convert on their hands—regular mammograms from now on.

Mallacai 2015-03-10 12:14:36 -0500 Report

Hi, Hope it's ok for a guy to reply? Once my wife had pain in one of her heel and her doctor said he would hazard a guess as to it's cause. My wife asked him why not do an X-ray to which he said Mrs. Singh i would never expose a woman to any radiation unless it is really necessary especially after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. I think you are on the right track.
P.S I recently read that most of cervical cancer patients could have lived if they had done their annual pap smear. The article said it took about 4 exposures to HPV to to start cell mutation ( i could be incorrect about my wording ) to begin approx 20 years earlier. Caught in it's early stages it can have 100% survival rate. Something to thing about as well.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-10 12:30:43 -0500 Report

of corse It is okay..especially when advocating for pap smears…I actually get two a year because two women in my family had cervical cancer..including my sister, who apparently gets everything there is to get ( she had breast cancer in both breast as well)…had my last one last week when I got my A1C results…

suecsdy 2015-03-10 11:37:23 -0500 Report

I am ashamed to say I have never had one. I should because both my mother and daughter have had episodes of breast cancer. Now that I am seeing drs on a regular basis, I will probably schedule one for sometime this year.

YankeeLady 2015-03-10 16:29:17 -0500 Report

Do it immediately if not sooner — as I said up above - been there done that and had the surgery— I very blessed to have a terriffic surgeon who got it all- I didn't have to do chemo or even take the other meds— he got it first try- because it was small but still was in stage 2 — go get it done now

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-10 12:34:23 -0500 Report

Please do…many woman do not like the idea of mammograms because they think they hurt…1) they only take a few minutes and they really are just very uncomfortable. I wouldn't even classify it as pain…my pap smear bothers me much more than my mammogram…and 2) Even if they did hurt…(which in my experience they don't)…it is much better to be in pain for a few minutes than to have weeks of pain healing from a mastectomy …because they caught the cancer to late..

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