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My Mamogram Complaint!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The time has come for me, once again, to have a mammogram. I know that detecting breast cancer in the earliest and most curable state could save the lives of many women.There are three methods of early detection that all women should practice: monthly breast self-exams, annual clinical breast examinations by a health care professional and regular mammograms. Mammograms are the best available method to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. However, mammograms are not perfect and can miss some cancers. A woman should not ignore something she feels because her mammogram is normal. Changes can be especially difficult to spot in dense, glandular breast of a younger woman. This is why women of all ages should have a clinical breast exam (an exam done by a health care provider) every year.

Ever since my very first mammogram at 26, I have had to take 2 days to go through the process. I have dense, lumpy breasts, and an extra mammogram is needed every single time. I have complained to my doctor and to the Breast Clinic, but nothing has changed! I am 60 years old, and still going for two mammograms every time I go through this process. My insurance never covers the second mammogram! Needless to say, I speak up about this, and today when I go in, I will document everything and pass it on to the hospital, hoping that change will start here!
I want to be able to receive the mammography care that I need in one trip. Is this too much to ask? Someone just needs to read the first mammogram, and let me take the second one that day. What do you think?
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