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    Old 11-06-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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    38 year old thyroid cancer survivor; but have a question on breast cancer

    Hello, I am a 38 year old female and a 16 year survivor of thyroid cancer, I was diagnosed and treated for it in 1997. I have never had a recurrence of my cancer, and I have been on a synthroid regimen since 1997. Regarding all of the advertisements I see about getting tested for breast cancer, I have a few questions.

    Now, I have never had breast cancer. Breast cancer is not in my family's history (that I know of...I am adopted; however, to my knowledge, breast cancer was not in my birth family's medical history, nor is it in my adoptive family's history). I have never had any risk factors for breast cancer. I had regular gynecological checkups with my doctor until about three years ago when my insurance ran out. I have not had a checkup in 2-3 years due to not having insurance and my employers did not offer insurance. I have done self exams on my breasts and never felt any lumps. All of my life, I have been told that it was something that I really didn't need to worry about until I reached my 40s and did not need mammograms until I was 40. I will turn 39 years old April of 2014.

    Now, this just may be my fears playing into all of the breast cancer awareness month advertisements that I see on tv, but I was wondering that given my past cancer history and health problems and being hypothyroid; SHOULD I go ahead and start having mammograms now and getting tested now or just wait until after I turn 40??? Like I said, it just may be my fears playing into everything, however, I just want to be sure.

    I appreciate any advice that you all can give me. Thanks!

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    Old 12-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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    Re: 38 year old thyroid cancer survivor; but have a question on breast cancer

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 with no family history of breast cancer. Although I have relatives on both sides who have had cancer. The fact that you have had cancer prior is a good reason to have a mammo before you turn 40.

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