Family Matters

Have any of your relatives had breast cancer? Do you think about your family history when you decide whether or not to get a mammogram?

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4 thoughts on “Family Matters

  1. I had my first mammogram in 1995 and they found early stage cancer. I had a lumpectomy and radiation. I have had regular mammograms since. In May of 2011, a rountine mammogram found early stage cancer in my other breast. Again, it was a very simple operation and 7 weeks of radiation. Thank goodness they found the cancer early. I did not have to go through extensive surgery, was able to save both breasts, and did not have to have chemo. Early detection saved my life! I encourage every women out there to make sure they get an annual mammogram!

  2. My sister passed away in 1984 at the age of 34 with lung cancer, however she had breast cancer previously and a double mastectomy. Because of my family history, my doctor started ordering a yearly mammogram for me at the age of 30. I also do routine self exams. I am 55 and always concerned each year that my mammogram will be clear. I am so thankful for all the new imaging techniques (digital mammography) etc. that breast cancer can be detected at a much earlier stage. I wish that my sister would have had those opportunities. My advice would definitely be to be as proactive as you possibly can, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.

  3. My mother and maternal grandmother are both breast cancer survivors. With this strong family history, I had always been told to be proactive. In my early 20’s, I didn’t exactly know what that meant, aside from monthly self-exams.

    When I turned 35, my present to myself was to enroll in a breast cancer prevention program at KU Medical Center. Long story short, after 18 months, 1 mammogram, 2 MRIs and several biopsies, it was determined that I had precancerous cells and the likelihood that they would become cancerous was greater than 60%.

    I made the decision to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy at the age of 36, followed by reconstructive surgery at the age of 37. With 3 young children, I wasn’t willing to take any chances. I want other women to know their options and to know how to be proactive with their own health!

  4. I had an aunt on my dad’s side who passed away from breast cancer at age 46. No one else in my family has had it yet. She is the reason I started getting mammograms earlier than age 40. I started getting them annually when I turned 37, just because I can.

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