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Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:02 AM

Good news this morning.

Last edited Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:36 AM - Edit history (1)

Yesterday I had a mammogram. It had been 6 years since my last one. Since there is no history of breast cancer in my family, I considerrd it a low priority.

Then I had some symptoms that MIGHT have indicated breast cancer so I requested the mammogram.

This morning I received a call from the hospital's imaging department that the results were normal.

I am relieved, and will get yearly exams now because the hospital tech said that breast cancer can occur at any age regardless of family history. Having yearly mammograms lets the doctor detect any changes since the last one.

Just thought I'd share my relief and the tech's advice.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:07 AM

1. Good for you!

Don't wait so long next time.

My wife had her mammogram last week and this morning she got the strangest report. It said that following the tests (she also had a breast sonogram), her breasts are "unremarkable."

I assured her that they are most definitely remarkable.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 12:15 PM

11. My wife, who schedules mammograms at a hospital...

suggested it might be a good idea for me to get one.

She's a laugh a minute.

Edited to add:. Maybe she's right. Men can get breast cancer, too.

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Response to Harker (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 04:57 PM

15. Yes, men can have breast-related diseases, too

Many years ago, when I was in my mid-20s, I discovered a hard lump in my left breast, right under the nipple. A surgeon removed it and thankfully, it was a benign cyst. I've been sensitive to this issue ever since.

My lesson is simple: If you find something, say something to your doctor.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 05:19 PM

17. Yes. Sound advice, thanks.

I finally have health insurance, at 62, for the first time since I was in my 20s. Nothing but luck that I avoided a catastrophe.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 02:13 PM

12. What a wonderful thing to say about your wife......❤️

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 04:58 PM

16. Well, thank you

She just laughed at me. She does that often.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:08 AM

2. Yay! That must be a relief.

Now you can stay on top of it and keep your mind at ease.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:11 AM

3. There is evidence that your diet can significant increase or reduce your odds of breast cancer

or recurrence of breast cancer. If you are interested Iíd start with going to Dr McDougalís website and then search on breast cancer. Best wishes!


https://www.drmcdougall.com/



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Response to MLAA (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:43 AM

5. I hadn't heard of him before.

Potatoes are a staple on his diet, so that lets me out.

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-mcdougall-diet/

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Response to Croney (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:47 AM

6. Dr. McDougal doesn't say you have to eat potatoes or any other singular item.

If you have any interest in the topic, knowing that you donít have to eat potatoes, if you donít want direct message and Iíll order you one of his books as my gift 🙂

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Response to MLAA (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 11:54 AM

10. Thanks, but if you read the article I linked,

I guess I'm in the skeptics camp. But I'm open-minded about the diet-health connection and don't eat much red meat or refined sugar. I'd try being a vegan but my husband isn't ready. Good luck to all in their quest for better health.

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Response to Croney (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 02:32 PM

14. I don't blame you a bit for being a skeptic.

A lot of money is spent trying to keep us that way. Best wishes 🙂

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Response to Croney (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:52 AM

7. I should have added one more thing if you like to watch movies and have access

to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Here are a few really good movies:

Knives over Forks
Cowspiracy
The Game Changers

Cowspiracy, in particular addresses all the money the meat and dairy industry spend to try and shut down Dr McDougal and the many other well known Doctors and nutritionists who suggest eating anything other than meat and dairy.

Thank you for engaging on this topic with me and best wishes

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:30 AM

4. Speaking of any age...


There's one type of breast cancer that stokes women in their late 60's to 70's.
Weird, huh?

Mammogram caught mine early.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:52 AM

8. The hospital tech told me about that.

She said that breast cancer rates in women actually increase with age because of that.

My uncle's wife died 2 years ago from breast cancer. I don't know how old she was. He was 88 at the time. I know that she was a few years younger, but not how many.

She did very well after surgery and responded well to chemo. But then, without warning, her body stopped responding to the chemo. They tried other meds and had some brief success, but not for long. At that age, it totally devastated my uncle when she died. My cousins say that he is wasting away physically and has lost all interest in life. He was always a lively, cheerful, and active person before. One cousin and his wife have taken him into their home to look after him.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:20 PM

18. You have a good point.


All the public warnings of mammograms I've ever seen show pictures of young women. And estrogen is known as a risk factor.
So when you get past menopause, you know you have decreased estrogen, and you figure your risk
of at least breast cancer is low.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 05:25 PM

19. That's what I thought, too. Low risk due to

loss of estrogen. Now I know there are other factors that affect us geezers.


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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 11:06 AM

9. I am so grateful your results were awesome

Iím even more thrilled that youíll go yearly. Yay!!!!! See you at your 100th birthday.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 27, 2021, 02:18 PM

13. Doubt I'll get to 100. My mother lived to 90

despite 2 bouts with cancer, and my father lived to 88. But out of the 4 children they had, I am the only one left. So I guess I can't count on longevity genes since none of my siblings made it to 80..

But it is a relief to know that the results were negative. Since the screening is free with Medicare, there is no reason not to get it done, especially now that I know that there is an increased risk with age, regardless of family history.

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