My mother is a breast cancer survivor.
So when, a few years back, I heard that doctors didn’t think women should get yearly mammograms, I was quite naturally perturbed. Was this yet another conspiracy to jeopardize women’s health for greedy insurance companies to earn a buck? Or did some male legislator/senator decide to bump off an unwanted wife a slow and rather painful way?
And while either of those would make an interesting book, the truth was much more prosaic. You see, mammograms don’t detect cancer in all breast types.
In fact, if you have dense breasts the chances of it finding the tumor while still small are about half. I have dense breast tissue. So does my mother and one of those fibroids developed into an extremely fast growing cancer.
Of course, half is still better than no chance at early detection, so my doctor and I agreed: Yearly Mammos coupled with an ultrasound it is.
And then, I found this on Ted.
Aside from the bit about a mandatory 40 lbs of pressure for the boobie squish (like to see a guy endure that on his testicles), the information was great and the science was even better.
So, ladies, next time you’re doing your yearly check-up, ask what kind of breasts you have. The life you save may be your own.