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How old were you when you had your first mammogram?

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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I was 30 - as a baseline and a precaution. My mother had just passed away from cancer. The doctors couldn’t tell from where it had originated and thought it may have been in the breast.




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I still have not gotten mine done yet and I am 47.  I’d better make an appointment.




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      Cassandra wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I was 37 when I had my first one . I had a lump in my left brest everthing turned out fine . The next one was at 40 my insurence covers a free physical once a year .
      Chinadoll get your botty in an get one .
      Cassandra~




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      Yana Berlin wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I was 40 and I hated every minute of it.

      I felt my breast being made into a pancake, it hurt like hell.

      Now this horrible experience happens annually.




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      Cheryl Guy wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I was 34. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 34 so that is when they wanted me to start. She is 3 years older than me.




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • That’s what my procrastination is.  Imagine no obvious bump for me and how are they gonna squeeze me?  My titties???




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I’ll skip. Maybe it is because I don’t want to do it anyway, but there is enough research to make me question whether it is worth it. There is another procedure that is supposed to be safer (and less painful!) but I can’t remember the name of it - ah, thermography - here is an article
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      There are several more at his site, and I have read them elsewhere too.


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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • How about insurance?  They may not cover.  Also his office is in IL.




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      Linni wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • i was 29. mine didn’t hurt at all.. my tech was good. :)
      now, i haven’t had another one, but it is honestly on my list of things to do! ( no, not being sarcastic. being honest )




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Chinadoll,
      That is just one person. There are others doing thermography. I am not sure of the cost difference or about insurance. But, it is safer, and pain free. What insurance covers or not could be a whole different topic.




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      Lorilyn wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I was 35 and they found a mass,which ended up being benign. My friend was 26 when she felt a lump and the clinic told her she was too young to worry. Two years later it took her life.
      If you plan to have it done by thermography,that’s great.Please do have it done soon. Other people I know who were diagnosed were my aunt at age 50,step sister at age 45,and another friend at 51.There is no other prior history for each,which is why I plead people to get checked.
      my hubby also felt a mass in his breast and had a lump removed three years ago. It was benign,but he was so relieved to have it done.




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      Coachmombabe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I think I was 45. Yes, it was uncomfortable, but it doesn’t last long. If I had the thermography option, I’d probably take it!




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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Thought you might be interested in this article - off topic but not:
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      There are tons of others - type parabens breast cancer in your search engine and you can read more. I chose this one because of the site - breastcancerfund.org
      There are simple things we can do. Change your deoderant - how simple is that. Use paraben free skin care products.
      I am all about prevention. I have a cousin that had breast cancer (diagnosed at 37). Cancer runs in my family. I would much rather focus on prevention that early detection.


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      Chi10 wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I’m turning 42 this weekend and haven’t had one. I actually thought I had to be much older. Guess I better get one too. Good info.




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Prevention is key but sometimes you can do all the right things and still get hit with cancer. Cancer took both of my parents. Prevention and early detection go hand in hand in my opinion. They say 40 is when you should get your base line imaging and then annually after that.




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      Chi10 wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I do the self exams frequently and I do stay current on my physicals. No Doctor has actually ever recommended one for me, but I think I’ll insist to be on the safe side.




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      Jean Walter wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • My doctor advised me to have one when I turned 35... They found a lump that they wound up having to biopsy... luckily it was benign and they said they were calcifications... this happened twice to me with the last time being the most severe and scariest... I thought for sure I had breast cancer.. all the signs were pointing to it and even my doctor was questionable... Thank God it was benign also.. Now I go every 6 months for routine mamos... I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your routine mamogram and do monthly self exams!!




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      Marie Hempsey wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I was 26...my mother passed away rom an extremely aggressive form of this disease when i was 7 months pregnant with my 3rd child. My OB at the time said i should get one 3 months after the baby was born and consider that my baseline. I have had them annually since then and so far, Praise God, everything has been fine!




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Vintagediva - I couldn’t have said it better. Amen, sister!




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I think I was 37 or so..maybe ever earlier than that.  I’m considered “high risk“.  I usually end up getting the mammogram and then they see something so then I have to another room and have an ultrasound.  Then the radiologist comes in and looks at it...says everything is just fine. Then I go straight to my surgeon....he checks my breasts...reads the wet x-ray of my mammogram...and says everything is fine.  I do this every single time.  One year I skipped my appt and they literally chewed me out.  So...I’m due next month.  It’s really not so bad.  I have had one fibroid tumor removed from my left breast.  I have an aunt that died of breast cancer...my mother’s sister.  

      Get the mammogram....it’s really not bad.




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      Jean Walter wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • MaryClark ~ sounds like the same thing I have gone through... it can be so stressful and scarey...




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • It can be scary.  I’ve gotten so use to the routine now that if I go next month or anytime and they tell me it IS SOMETHING...I will be in shock.  I’m just so confident these days that everything will be okay.  I guess I just choose to be confident...even with all of my “bad genes“.




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Positive thought can be helpful. Thoughts are real.




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      Jean Walter wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Heres to sending prayers and positive thoughts your way




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • I truly believe that being positive or having a positive attitude is half the battle.  I try to be that way...but I will admit sometimes it’s very hard to do.  That’s all any of us can do is TRY.  

      Thanks Jjeanie913 and Vigirl.




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • Maryclark-I totally agree that remaining positive can be challenging!! Sometimes I forget too...




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • The concern lies in the fact that by the time you can actually feel a lump-it’s been growing for years!!




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
    • We all know that men are babies when it comes to pain and seeing doctors. They would never go.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 16, 2008
    • It’s only been a few years since my first-38, first one, I think? My mom had breast cancer, but this one was before she died.

      Then, #2 was after she died, and it was one where I got the phone call about needing “more pictures” which about sent me over the edge.

      Skipped two years due to lack of insurance. Just had my 3rd, and all was A-ok!

      It is not comfortable, but I really did not hurt.

      This funny thing happened after the first one. I got home that night and started to undress, and thought to myself, “Man, why do I have T-H-O (headlights to some!)?” Well, I had forgotten to take off the little BB stickers!!




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      Jacquie6363 wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • Had my first mammo at 35, the next 5 years later and have not stop since.  Usually not bad, just had one a few weeks ago and had an awful tech.




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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 24, 2008
    • shamefully I have not had one yet..but I plan to before the year end...




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