Thursday, October 3, 2013
Today I was at the table to sign women up for a mammogram in the mobile mammography van that visits our work site. I walked away really discouraged by the excuses I heard. We were able to fill the 2 days of 25 slots, but I heard five times the amount of excuses. The only ones that are acceptable are I get that done at... and I've already done that this year. You can't BS a survivor.
Here are some of the things I heard today.
Oh, I don't need that. No one in my family has ever had breast cancer.
No one else in my family has ever had it either. Nobody! I'm the only one. The truth is that heritable breast cancer like Anjolina Jolie is only a very small percentage of all breast cancer. Like me, almost 80% of women who get breast cancer don't have a family history of breast cancer.
If I got it I'd rather not know.
This is the one that disturbs me the most. If you get it, eventually you will know about it. Believe me, it will stand up and introduce itself. And if you wait long enough it will cause you to die a very ugly death. If you catch it early, you will very likely be cured of it. If you catch it early enough there is a strong possibility that you won't even have to do chemo, and you don't want to do chemo.
Mammograms will cause you to get breast cancer.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors would tell you that so little radiation is used that there is virtually no chance for that to happen. They have backed off of that statement and admit that there is a risk. But it is not anywhere near the 1 in 8 women risk of getting breast cancer. And while you can't do it in the mobile mammography van, if you are really concerned about radiation they can do an mri of the breast. I know a clinic just 2 miles from our office that offers it. Would you like one of their cards?
My mother's best friend's daughter is an oncology nurse and she told my mother to never get one. She says breast cancer is over diagnosed.
While I think there could nurse that stupid, I kind of doubt that happened. That is passed down information, and it is almost never correct.
Quit making excuses and make an appointment to get a mammogram.