Do You Fear The Mammogram?
My sister was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Since I had survived cancer in 2016 she calls and ask me questions about treatments and side effects. She was about to have her first mammogram test. She was worried about it. It made me think, what is she really worried about?
I started to think about conversations I listened to while I was sitting in the waiting rooms. I’ve heard many women say they are afraid of having a mammogram. They have heard that it hurts. The machine pinches and squishes their boobs to within an inch of its life. They say they heard it’s painful!
My First and Last Mammogram Test
My mammogram was done on a new machine called a 3D Mammogram. The 3D Mammogram uses less radiation than the 2D Mammogram. It has an arm that rotates around your breast and takes videos instead of pictures. It takes the video and cuts the image of your breast into small slices that show the slightest bit of a lump.
What do you really fear?
My sister is a worrier. I suggested she get her mammogram test. She would not do well thinking about what could be. Plus she may be able to catch any cancer that she can still treat.
If you need a mammogram your going to have to decide what is best for you, your body and your imagination. Have you asked yourself “what is it you most fear about having a mammogram?” If it was me, I would have one!
Here is more useful information from the American Cancer society about Mammograms.
****DISCLAIMER****I am not a doctor and do not pretend to be. The only thing I can do is express my thoughts and experiences. I am not giving medical advice. Your body belongs to you and you are the one to decide what is right for you.