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Posted by wondering on June 13, 2003 at 15:24:08:

Hi,

I am over 50 and three years ago I was summoned to go for this mammogram to see if my breasts were OK. All came out OK then. Just a week or so ago I got another letter to go again being 3 years down the line. I decided not to go because I have read that these tests do not actually save lives in the long run. Was I right not to go or do you think I should have. I feel around most days to see if there are any lumps but they reckon there are some there you can't feel on self examination. Do you think I should have gone for the examination?



Re: mammogrammes

Posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 15:40:37:

In Reply to: mammogrammes posted by wondering on June 13, 2003 at 15:24:08:

"Summoned" for a mammogram. That's kinda scary.

Check out Thermograms (I think they're called).



Re: mammogrammes

Posted by wondering on June 13, 2003 at 15:51:54:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 15:40:37:

Hi,

When I say "summoned" here in the UK they think you should attend these examinations every 3 years. What I meant was my three years was up and they asked me to come.

This time I declined. Now I'm wondering whether I should have gone. What do you think? Is it worth it or not?



Re: mammogrammes

Posted by Please go on June 13, 2003 at 18:58:45:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes posted by wondering on June 13, 2003 at 15:51:54:

Hi wondering,
Okay, from my own experiance...I had a lump on my breast that I FOUND...which my GYNO ignored and said not to worry about it, it was just a fatty tissue, I thought it might just be that...so, I listened to my GYNO and about one year went by (which I shouldn't of done). I then explained to my regular PCP that I had a lump on my breast. My PCP sent me directly to a breast surgeon, just to make sure that it was nothing.

Well, the breast surgeon did a ultra sound on my breast and stated that just in case lets drain it and send it away to the lab...a couple of days went by and the results came back as an atypia cell, which may or may not become cancer. My breast surgeon stated that they should go back in and take the entire lump out and send it to the lab again. My breast sergeon said it could have been some bacteria on the slat which they used at the lab, (he wanted to be sure). So they removed the entire small lump, and sent it again to the lab. My results came back the second time as normal. They did my first mammogrammes after they took the lump out just to make sure that everything was okay. I was only 25 at the time and I've already had my first mammogramm and doctors don't do really do them until your in your 30's.

What I'm trying to get to is that my GYNO didn't care enough, I put ALL my trust into my doctors...and what it comes down to is, YOU have to sometimes take care of yourself, even if you think you may be taking up a doctors time or wasting a day because of A TEST that you think may not be 100%. What do you have to loose...an hour of your time...not even. Make the appointment and show yourself that you really care, it wont even take 10 minutes :-)
Sorry for the long story. I'm sure you'll be REALLY happy you went for it. Today I'm 29 and happy to say that I still go for them. P.S. That GYNO is not my doctor any longer :-)



Thermograms

Posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 19:37:40:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes posted by Please go on June 13, 2003 at 18:58:45:

I don't think it's a time issue for her. It's the safety of mammograms that is in question. Some say that mammograms themselves can cause cancer.

I'm only 36 so it hasn't been an issue for me. I do know, though, that I will never get a mammogram.

Here's a link about thermograms:



Re: Thermograms

Posted by Please go on June 13, 2003 at 19:52:48:

In Reply to: Thermograms posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 19:37:40:

Hi Ph,
I totally understand what your saying, but self examinations cannot detect everything. I live in Long Island, NY and it's one of the highest in breast cancer and lung cancer in the nation. There are more things in the enviornment that will give you cancer than one mammogramm every so many years, That test saves MANY lives too :-) It also puts peoples minds at ease just to know they're healthy, besides doing self examination.

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Posted by Please go on June 13, 2003 at 19:58:28:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 15:40:37:

The site that you gave is also another good idea for her :-)
Very interesting!

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Re: Thermograms

Posted by
DianeAC on June 13, 2003 at 23:35:46:

In Reply to: Thermograms posted by ph on June 13, 2003 at 19:37:40:

Great link on thermography, ph. Thanks for posting. I'd been looking for something like that. Now to find a center around where I live (northern California) that offers it.

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Re: mammogrammes (Is early diagnosis a benefit in breast cancer?) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 14, 2003 at 08:35:12:

In Reply to: mammogrammes posted by wondering on June 13, 2003 at 15:24:08:

Hi, Wondering.

In my opinion. there is ample proof that repeated mammograms actually cause an increase in the incidence of cancer of the breast. It it were me, I would never get one!

The reason you were contacted is only because you already had had one and you were on a computer list.

If you feel a need for "early diagnosis" I would opt for a thermogram.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: mammogrammes (Is early diagnosis a benefit in breast cancer?) Archive

Posted by Nutmeg on June 16, 2003 at 23:31:03:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes (Is early diagnosis a benefit in breast cancer?) Archive posted by Walt Stoll on June 14, 2003 at 08:35:12:

Dr. Stoll,

Would your answer about mammograms change if a woman's mother had breast cancer (post-menopause) at age 55? I'm 48 and my gynecologist tried to scare me into having more mammograms because of my 'family history', which I don't believe is all that convincing. My mom smoked for about 20-25 years and I never did. I've actually had about 5 mammograms in the last 10 years, but I decided about 2-3 years ago not to have any more.

My gynecologist says thermograms are a nice idea, but that they just don't work. According to a provider directory I found on the web, I'd have to drive about 350 miles round trip to find a place that does them. With my lifestyle, I'm not really worried. Worth it, do you think?

Thanks,
Nutmeg



Re: mammogrammes (Is early diagnosis a benefit in breast cancer?) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 17, 2003 at 08:05:35:

In Reply to: Re: mammogrammes (Is early diagnosis a benefit in breast cancer?) Archive posted by Nutmeg on June 16, 2003 at 23:31:03:

Nutmeg,

With a healthy lifestyle and continuing to read about the recent discoveries (ongoing) about the things anyone can do to reduce their risk, if it were me, I certainly would not be worrying.

Walt

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