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Re: New guidelines in how often to have a mammogram
Posted by Lynn on October 21, 2015, 5:53 pm, in reply to "Re: New guidelines in how often to have a mammogram"
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Coincidentally, I was just reading an article from 2013 about Amy Robach's breast cancer and announcement of how "mammogram saved my life." The doctors were up in arms about her statement - first because there is no guarantee that it did save her life. Dr. Susan Love at that time did not believe that women should be getting so many mammograms - especially since most bc is found in women over 60. That being said, I found the comment that women don't have to do self-breast exams is ludicrous. I know mine better than any doctor; in fact, I have found all of my lumps myself and do a much more thorough exam that most of the doctors who have had the privilege of manipulating my breasts!! I was one month overdue for my annual mammogram at 53 and had had a couple of excisional biopsies and aspirations before my diagnosis of triple negative bc. If I had assumed that this lump was just another negative lump, I wouldn't be here now, I don't believe. But Dr. Love did say, "While mammography is capable of finding about 26% of cancers at a point where it makes a life-saving difference in the outcome, it also finds many lesions which would never have gone on to be life-threatening and others which will still be life-threatening in spite of early detection and rigorous screening." She said that more important than early detection in saving lives is determining the kind of cancer out of the 5 to 7 types researchers are currently aware of -- that that is the determining factor. As we know -"Making Strides" means breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment will continue to be a very fluid subject.
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