| | Don't put off getting regular mammograms...
...I did, but luckily my story has a happy ending!
My mom was a breast cancer survivor (she had it maybe 30 years ago). Her sister is also a breast cancer survivor. So, we have it 'in the family' along with other types of cancer.
I was always good about getting my mammograms on a regular basis, starting when I was around 35 or so. Well, one thing led to another, and I put getting my regular mammogram (and a regular gyn check-up) on the back burner. Before I knew it, 10 years had gone by!
I finally made an appointment for a checkup at the women's clinic this past January (nothing wrong found). However, I waited until this week to get my mammogram done. When I was almost ready to leave, I was called back so that they could take some more pictures. The tech showed me a spot that they were concerned about. Then, they decided to do an ultrasound. Ultimately, they decided to have me come back later that afternoon for a needle biopsy. Freak out time!
This was Wednesday afternoon. I hung around waiting for a call back on the pathology report. By late Friday afternoon, I was a nervous wreck and had decided that they wouldn't call until Monday. I was already planning how I was going to tell my family the bad news. Then I got the call that all they had found was fibrous tissue and everything was benign.
This was a hard lesson learned. Anytime 'something' is found on a mammogram, it's scary. But since I had let so much time pass between mammograms and also have a history of breast cancer in the family I made it worse for myself. So the morale of this story is: Get your mammogram when you should have one done! Never, never, never will I wait so long again. It's too scary.