I hate going to the dentist, the mammo and the pap smear. In fact, I can be really good at stretching that 1 year into a year and a half due to my busy schedule or some other good excuse I can come up with. I think it is mostly due to the fear of the unknown. Getting the tests done makes us think about the possibilities that something bad could happen to us and that makes us uncomfortable.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37. I have a family history and that is why I went in for my mammogram before age 40. Finding out I had an irregular mammogram scared the pants off me but it also probably saved my life. The mammogram caught my cancer very, very early. If I had waited a few more years to get my mammogram, that may not have been the case.
I thought getting cancer was the scariest thing that could ever happen to me. Now, 2 years later after having faced breast cancer and survived, I realize the fear was probably worse than the real thing. Maybe the worst thing that could have happened to me was not taking advantage of tests we have available because of fear.