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deanna in AR

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Mammograms
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:34:27 AM »
Do all of you women get them? I always have...probably will continue, but am rethinking.

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2015, 07:55:13 PM »
I'm due for one (actually about a year late), but am rethinking as well.



Jan in Key West

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2015, 04:03:47 AM »
I don't do mammmagrams anymore but do self-check. If I did find something suspicious, I would probably do thermography, followed by ultrasound.


But it is a personal choice....wade through the research (there's tons!) and do what feels right for you.





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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2015, 04:21:13 AM »
I will get them every 5 years.  In my opinion, this was yet another scare tactic and a way to pay for the expensive machinery.  At first the recommendation was to get a baseline mammogram for reference.  Then it was to "keep them current" even if there was nothing to be concerned about.  Then it was recommended to take them every 3 or 4 years "just because".  Now there are questions being asked concerning their efficacy in the first place.  Of course, it is prudent to self probe for any lumps or other oddities.  At that time it is fine for mammograms or any other tests your doctor recommends to determine the reason/solution for the problem if there is one.

Sorry if I sound a bit jaded.  When you don't eat sugar or grains, cancers don't have much food to thrive on and grow.  If your blood sugar is well within normal limits, then it just seems to me that a mammogram is not a necessary test.  There is also ultrasound and thermography as alternative tests if you are worried.


Again, the best test is a self check. That one is free!



 

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2015, 09:30:38 AM »
Barb, does this info change for women 65 or older?

Jan in Key West

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2015, 10:22:54 AM »

deanna in AR

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2015, 12:47:09 PM »
Good articles, Jan. Thanks for the new light.

Barbara from New Jersey

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2015, 01:36:04 PM »

Mosey,


The recommendation currently seems to be a mammogram every 2 years from ages 50 - 74 and then none at all after age 74. 


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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2015, 06:32:18 AM »
Haven't had one in a while, and don't really intend to have one again - ever.  After a friend found cancer, right after a mammogram missed it … she's ok, but soon after, I had a scare, something supposedly showed on the mammo, then they had to do an ultrasound to show if it really was something?  Why all that radiation, only to say now we need to do another test to see if there really was something, that made absolutely no sense to me.  Like Jan, I will take my chances, there is no history in my family of breast cancer, and eating very low carb should give some protection as well. 

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2015, 05:39:33 PM »
I have one every two years. One of my sisters had breast cancer and a maternal aunt. I don't do self exams as I should--seems like my breasts are naturally lumpy and every lump feels scary, but most are symmetric (in both breasts, same location).


I will keep having them, unless it falls in a year when I have a lot of x-rays, like the year I broke my proximal humerus and was having x-rays every 2 weeks for awhile. I put off my bone scan and dental x-rays that year too.

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2015, 08:04:08 PM »
My mother and my maternal grandmother both died of breath cancer. I had things removed twice that were seen in the mamogram.
I have a mamogram and an ultrasound alternatingly once a year.

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2015, 08:20:28 AM »
I can certainly understand someone with breast cancer in the family history, wanting every test there is to make sure all is well.  I guess my question is, how valid are those test results … wondering what your opinion is of Angelina Jolie and countless other women taking drastic measures to not fall under the same statistics as their Mothers and Grandmothers.


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BarbinNC

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2015, 08:25:40 AM »
A question I've had for a while, and just never really investigated … but why not just go ahead and use ultrasound as the diagnostic tool, if it is so good at spotting lumps and unusual growths?  Wouldn't that make more sense than doing mammo or even thermo first, and then use the ultimate tool after something shows up?  Waste of time and money?

Jan in Key West

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2015, 08:48:43 AM »
Looks like the (national) average cost of breast thermography is around $195.....ultrasound $360.....mammmagram comes in around $100 to $150. Many insurance companies do not cover costs of thermo or ultrasound for routine screenings.

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Re: Mammograms
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2015, 08:54:03 AM »
I think I am going to have another ultrasound this year (instead of a mamogram). Thermal ultrasounds are not paid by the insurance here - just the regular ones.

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