Mammograms: ‘The Talk’

Have you had the mammogram talk with your health-care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, etc.)? If so, did she or he recommend that you get a mammogram?

(P.S. Thanks for the great conversation and feedback, everyone! We’re learning so much by reading about your own personal mammotives.)

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10 thoughts on “Mammograms: ‘The Talk’

  1. I started getting my mammographies at age 40 as recommended by my primary care physician. After several times where I had to have a couple more frequent mammies I started to get frustrated. They always saw the same little spot of something and I just thought it was my lumpy breast tissue. I felt it was ridiculous to keep me coming back every six months for that. I even expressed this to my doctor and he told me that he really wanted me to keep going as a dear friend of his died from breast cancer and it is so treatable if you catch it early. He convinced me to keep going. Then about a year later that spot they were watching changed and grew and they decided I sould have a biopsy just to be sure. Wouldn’t you know, it was cancer. So I had a lumpectomy and some lymph nodes removed and radiation therapy. I am doing great now 3 years later. So get you Mammies!!! I am so glad I did. Blessings to you all

  2. My mom died of breast cancer at 52, my sister was diagnosed at 50; I go yearly and have since I was 30. Insurance or not, breast cancer has affected my family and friends way too much for me to even consider not having an annual mammogram.

  3. My mom died of breast cancer when I was 17, my father passing away just 1 year earlier. I am a health care professional – an oncology ARNP of all things so I know the importance of getting mammograms, especially in patients who have a family history, personal history, or even a risk of breast cancer due to previous treatment from other malignancies. Please get mammograms, if not for you, for your children and other loved ones…

    My mammograms are covered by insurance, but even so, and I wouldn’t miss them for the world…

  4. Being a certified mammographer, age 57 with dense breasts and still ovulating, I know the importance of annual mammograms. I get one every year. The radiation dose is minimal and the compression is so important. My last mammo was at the end of Oct last year (interpreted as normal). However, more important, my physician told me that most of her patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer, find it themselves by doing the monthly Self Breast Exam. I rarely do SBEs, but happen to complete one in Aug and found a lump! ( 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm, Stage II, BracA neg, Her2 -, ER+, Oncotype 16 (low) with no lymph node involvement.) SBEs are equally important as the annual mammogram. My sister has always had her annual mammogram, last one normal, only to find that she had breast cancer that had already spread to her bones and liver 9 months later. Early detection is key! I do have insurance, though.

  5. I am 61 and started getting mammograms since age 30. Because of that I do not get them every year as I have always been concerned about the amount of radiation the breast tissue is exposed to over my lifetime. I check myself and take vitamin D and eat well as preventions and get mammograms every 2 years.

  6. Cancer is so widespread. It seems eveyone’s life is touched in some way by someone with cancer. I believe it is very important to lead a healthy lifestyle and follow through with preventative screening to minimize cancer risk and allow for early detection.

  7. I went for my first mammogram 4 months before I turned 40. My doctor gave me the option of waiting till the following year and I said to get it over with. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer with lymphatic invasion. The tumor was 2.5 cm and could not be detected without the use of mammography because of the location. I have been cancer free for 13 1/2 years. Life’s too short to take shortcuts in healthcare. A mammogram only lasts 20 minutes and even though it might be uncomfortable, it beats the heck out of mastectomies, chemo, radiation and worse.

    • I’m recommended to get one every year, and I do it.

      I didn’t feel a lump when they discovered my cancer. I had a soft tissue tumor and couldn’t feel it. Suspicion by mammogram and confirmed by ultrasound.

      I was given the option to be on a clinical trial, and decided to do it hoping it would help me and/or others after me.

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