Here is a tip from the heart and from a recent experience.
Being a retired registered nurse I realize the importance of having (among other things) a yearly mammogram. Every year I have one. Well my last one showed some calcified density changes. I was told that this could be because of age changes but to be on the safe side that I should have another one in 6 months. And so in 6 months I had another mammogram which showed that the calcifications had increased and clustered. I then spoke to the radiologist who suggested that I should have a breast biopsy as 80% of the time the changes are age related but 20% of the time it is breast cancer. I then immediately had a consultation with a breast surgeon. She explained what the biopsy would entail and answered the few questions I had, few I say as I was so stunned that I really didn't have much time at that moment to think about many questions. I think I was in shock.
Congratulations! We are a great group of women, we survivors. May you continue to be clear. For me it's over 20 years now. Be well.
Thank you for sharing your story and wisdom Joesgirl. We appreciate it and best wishes for a long life and your continued good health.
Susan at ThriftyFun
Thank you Joesgirl. I am an RN, who has been putting off a mammogram for 3 years, (since I turned 50 when they are recommended in Australia bi-annually if you have no family history). Your tale has prompted me to stop procrastinating and actually get it done this year - being in a country area I have to wait until the mobile clinic calls in my district. Also, while I have the opportunity, thanks for all your great practical tips - Joe must be a lucky man!
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