I wish I could remember who described a mammogram that way -- it's clever, and that's certainly what it feels like!
I just came from having my 2013 mammogram. It took 15 minutes.
Was it comfortable? No.
Does it need to be done? ABSOLUTELY!!!
I'm blessed that no woman in my family has ever had breast cancer. However, that doesn't mean that I'm not at risk. I had my first baseline mammogram done at age 35, then didn't have another until I was 50. That was not smart.
My excuses for not going back sounded very much like my excuses for not exercising/eating right/drinking enough water, etc.
"I don't have time"
"I have to take care of my family"
"It won't happen to me"
Wrong, wrong & wrong. It took 15 minutes, I can't take care of my family if I'm not taking care of me, and it CAN happen to me! I may not be at risk genetically, BUT I'm obese (ouch, but true) which increases my risk.
For the past 6 years, I've worked next door to the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These amazing ladies, who work tirelessly year round and insanely in October, are all survivors of this disease. They don't know it, but they strongly influenced my decision to get scanned again.
I'm urging you -- if you've been putting this off (like I did), make the appointment. Can't afford it? Contact your local Susan G. Komen affiliate, or your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. There are programs available that can help you meet the costs of this lifesaving test.
Consider it another step towards a healthy life!