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To Mammogram or Not to Mammogram

Posted Nov 20 2009 12:00am


Now that the dust has settled on the mammogram issue, I’ve had time to digest all of the news. In as much as I am from 3 generations of breast cancer survivors and carry the BRCA2 gene, I may be too biased to see any other perspective other than the pro-early detection side of the mammogram debate BUT I’m not too biased to be confused by the conflicting reporting of the last week.   The new recommended standard of not having mammograms until the age of 50 (and then every two years) and the report that discourages doctors from teaching self-examination techniques are so foreign to how I’ve managed my own breast cancer threat as well as the other women in my family affected by breast cancer.   Three out of the 5 women  who had breast cancer were diagnosed years before their 40th birthday and self exam saved my Mother’s life so without early detection, mammograms and breast self-examinations, I would have to re-write my family history to say I’m from 3 generations of breast cancer victims.

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