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ACS Changed Guidelines: How Often Should Mammograms Be Done Now?

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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues.

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Yep, I agree with Linda.
I was lucky to find my lump, early, with self examination.
I would encourage self examination, pluss mammograms.Have a mamogram annually, at least from age 40, earlier, if there is family history.
Also, mammograms can hurt, let's face it...I find taking pain killers half an hour beforehand helps.
Also, do your best to be supportive for people going through treatment for cancer.
That means, no free advice, just cuppas, maybe offering lifts to tests and treatment, being good company.It can be very lonely, so many people run...maybe they think cancer is infectious?

October 30, 2015 - 2:57pm

So the new guidelines are based on a lot of false positives. Regardless, I would rather have a biopsy and testing with the result of a false positive vs. not knowing and having something linger. In my humble opinion, it feels like we are going backwards in testing. As far as I am concerned, test away. A problem caught in the early stages is much easier to treat and the outcome to cure is far greater. Just my opinion.

October 29, 2015 - 4:20pm
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