This is for those of you during Think Pink month that hear the little voice in the back of your head reminding you that you should go get that Mammogram. It is for those of you who have a small concern that you know you should get checked. It is for those that are afraid to get a mammogram for the first time. I want to tell you a bit about my experience to ease your questions and fears.
About 6 months ago I had a little issue I needed to get checked out and my doctor suggested a mammogram. I’m in my mid-30s so my first thought was, “But don’t I have more time? NOT YET!” I was really nervous because it isn’t something I had ever talked to anyone about. Who wants to talk about mammograms, right? I had never asked someone about their experience, what really goes on during a mammogram and what I could expect. Have you?
First things first, the general guidelines say that women should get annual mammograms starting at age 40 and of course sooner if you have concerns or feel that you should. Work with your doctor to determine that.
When I went in to get my mammogram, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. I learned 3 very important things that I hope help ease your nerves if this is your first year.
- The radiologists handling mammograms are compassionate and understanding. The gal I had created a calm atmosphere, explained what was going to happen and handled everything with sensitivity.
- Mammograms aren’t weird for the radiologists and doctors handling them. I felt weird and uncomfortable, but they didn’t. It’s routine and normal.
- You aren’t alone. Women, we are in it together. Isn’t that beautiful? That’s what I especially love about our Mammo Mixers. Grab a girlfriend and RSVP together! No, it isn’t the most fun outing of all time, but it could save a life so why not do it AND make it fun? (Note: Free with insurance. Have your insurance card ready!)
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That statistic is startling. Add screening into your annual routine. RSVP now for our upcoming Mammo Mixers in Silverdale and Burien with CHI Franciscan Health. And, if those don’t work for you, make this your reminder to make an appointment with your doctor to get your mammogram scheduled.