K.M. asks from Daly City, CA on June 01, 2011
Just wanted to get some input on getting the very first mammogram. I am 36, but have a family history of breast cancer--my mom, and my doctor recommended getting it early. I am going this Saturday, and very scared and nervous especially of the idea "what if they find something". I am planning to ask them if its possible to get results the same day while I wait, because the idea of waiting for a phone call scares me to death. I have heard that in young women, its very common to get a call to come back for a repeat for the first mammogram. I had a baby last year and stopped breastfeeding 10 months ago, so could that also affect the reading?
Any words of support would be appreciated.
C.O. answers from Washington DC on June 01, 2011
Do not worry about WHAT IF's...you will worry yourself sick if you do. Do not stress over this. It CAN be a tad uncomfortable - but it's something that needs to be done. Especially knowing you have a family history.
Take it one day at a time. One step at a time.
You've stopped BF for long enough it shouldn't be an issue. If you feel it's an issue - tell them.
Take a deep breath - now let it out. Do it again - there you go. Stress does not do your body good. Instead of stressing over it - think of all the good things that will come of this - you have a good marker...IF you have anything - you will catch it earlier...but this again - you are counting chickens before you have them. DO NOT stress over it.!!!
had mine last month. it was fine! YOU CAN DO THIS!
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A.B. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
Don't be scared, even if they do find something chances are it is very early and you just take care of it. My mom died @ 50 of breast cancer and I too recently had my first mammogram @ 36 post 2 babies. I wasn't scared until my OBGYN called the next ____@____.com turned out to be a benign tumor and I had it removed...which is very common. You just have to take control of your health and know you are taking care of yourself and being a good mom by getting your mammogram.
N.J. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
I have had several mammograms and they are not comfortable, but not especially painful either. I like to look at these tests like any other medical test designed not to "find" something but rather to "rule out" something. The best outcome is the reassurance that your breasts are just fine and you have nothing to worry about at this time. Just enjoy that baby!!
Not only have mammograms improved over the years,but also treatments for breast cancer. So if they do discover some indication early, then treatment can take care of it early too.
I know it is a worry, and unlikely that you will get a radiologist to look at the pictures and give a diagnosis the same day, but just be grateful we have this technology and some wonderful ways to allay fears and to take action if necessary.
Blessings and good luck this Saturday!!
D.V. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
My mother was diagnosed with BC at 45 and passed away at 59 with her second reoccurence. My aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer last summer. I had my first mammogram this fall at the age of 37. I've been pregnant or nursing for the last 4 years so I had to delay until I was down to nursing 1-2 times in 24 hrs. Shouldn't be an issue since you stopped 10 mths ago. Mine was clear but I found myself very anxious in the waiting room and turning the exam and I don't usually get anxious at dr appts. I think that is normal and do what works for you to relax a little. I think this is just due to our history and for me it was the memories of going with my mother for hers.
To get some results quicker and due to your immediate history, ask your OB to request an ultrasound and a mammogram. They are sensitive to different densities and the great part is you get immediate feedback on the ultrasound.
I think it is normal for us to be nervous with our history. But starting early is a good idea and I'm glad your OB is aware of that (my previous OB was oddly unconcerned and didn't think I needed one before 40 despite history and universal recommendations). It will be done and clear :)
A.M. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
Hello K.. The first thing, do not have any caffien (?) type products for 24 hours before. It will make the mammogram less painful & clearer results. I have had mammo's since about your age. Once again, no coffee, star bucks (if you like starbucks), chocolates of any sort. It does help.
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M.P. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
I've been having mammos for a few years now. Last year I was called to come back the next day for a follow-up. There was something they wanted to get a better look at. I was terrified and of course very worried, but I was able to calm myself down by telling myself that there's no sense in worrying about something that's not there... yet. It turned out to be fiberous tissue and not cancer or a tumor or anything. You should try not to use your energy worrying about what *might* happen. Go in with the assumption that it's going to be ok. My biggest piece of advise is to do your monthly self exams in between mammos. Good luck!
R.R. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
I highly recommend Thermograms. The readings are based on how increased blood flow to an area can indicate inflammation and the propensity for an area to grow a tumor in the future whereas a mammogram only detects a tumor after it has already formed.
Personally, I had developed a suspicious mole over my left breast and a Thermogram indicated increased activity on that side. I made a concerted effort to alkalinize my diet (since cancer grows in an acidic PH) and within a few months the mole disappeared and a new Thermogram read a lower safer reading.
You can check on the internet to see who gives them in your area. Unfortunately, they aren’t usually covered under insurance plans and run from $150-200 in the Bay Area. However, I feel the peace of mind and being able to positively redirect my health is worth being self-insured for this test.
One more note, we need to take care of our liver to be able to fight off cancer. This important organ has to cleanse all pollutants from our system including sugar, refined flour, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, fast foods, preservatives and alcohol.
D.S. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
Please do not stress yourself. I just had my 4th one done on Saturday. I am 44 and have a history of breast cancer in my family. While uncomfortable, it's manageable. Just know that the technicians WILL NOT given you any information because they are not doctors and it is against the law. Your doctor can request to get the result right away, but you won't know that same day. The best thing you can do is keep yourself occupied with things to do. Often this is just preventative. I'm sure you will be okay.