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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-07-06 09:34 PM
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I'm going for my first mammogram ever (turned 35 in Sept.) on Friday.
Any advice to make the experience any easier? Thanks.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-07-06 10:22 PM
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1. It only lasts a few seconds when they take each picture.
They position you very uncomfortably, than run over to flick the switch to take the picture and run back to move you out of the position. Yes, it's uncomfortable with some degree of pain, but just remind yourself that it's very quick. Lots of diagnostic tests are a lot worse than mammograms. It's good that you're having a baseline mammogram at 35.
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-08-06 02:22 PM
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2. Relax!!
No deodorant, no creams near the breasts or under your arms.

Good luck! BTW are you preforming self breast exams? It saved my life!!!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-08-06 05:25 PM
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3. Can one shave the morning of the test?
Edited on Wed Mar-08-06 05:26 PM by SCRUBDASHRUB
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: I do self-exams.
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-08-06 06:59 PM
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4. Yes, you can shave the day of the test
Just don't use any creams, lotions, or deodorants that morning. Good Luck!!!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-08-06 09:08 PM
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5. Thanks. :)
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:30 PM
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6. Update: had the baseline mammogram. They also did an ultrasound
of both breasts (didn't realize that would be done, but no big deal). Wasn't too bad; rather have it done than a Pap actually. He said everything looked good, though I do have dense breasts (runs in my family). He wants me to come back in 6 mos. so he can do a comparison, and if everything is OK, once a year after I'm 40. Thanks for the helpful hints y'all (and support, of course).
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:22 PM
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7. My First Mam
Was a few years ago. I was terrified going in, thanks to all the scare stories. It was uncomfortable but not nearly as bad as I feared it would be.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 09:32 PM
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8. Same here; the anxiety was worse than the test, I think.
The fact that I have dense breasts freaks me out a little, since it makes it harder for cancer to be found, I hear, but I guess that's why the radiologist also did the ultrasound.
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 11:13 AM
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9. Yes, that is why he did the ultrasound; they can see inside your
breast better. Glad to hear everything went well, but am even happier to hear that your doctor is on top of things and having you come back in 6 months.

Is there a family history of breast cancer in your family?
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-17-06 09:11 PM
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10. Actually, my mom's sister is a breast cancer survivor.
A third or fourth cousin died of breast cancer. My mom's had some benign cysts removed.

Thank you for concern.
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-18-06 07:10 AM
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11. I'm a 12 year survivor, (was 28 when diagnosed) that's why I asked!
You seemed young to have all these tests, but am glad to hear you are keeping up on your health!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-18-06 10:01 PM
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12. I asked my doctor, and she thought I should get the baseline mammogram.
Edited on Sat Mar-18-06 10:01 PM by SCRUBDASHRUB
Glad to hear you are doing well.
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 03:17 PM
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14. That happened
to me too! I was told I had very dense breasts after I had to go back for another mammogram then an ultrasound. I have another appointment in 6 months. Keep up the self-exams!
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NotGivingUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-07 09:10 PM
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13. they're bad for your health. nt
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