I'd never really thought very much about mine until a couple of weeks ago. Mine aren't a terrific pair by any means but they have nourished both of our children and served me well throughout my 46 years. Anyway as you know I decided to have a mammogram with Breastscreen NSW for no particular reason except my new doctor mentioned that you don't have to be within the target range of 50-69 years to participate in this invaluable program. I had my mammogram and minutes later headed off to donate blood and never thought much more about the mammogram. We don't have any family history of breast cancer and although my breasts are both lumpy after a few bouts of mastitis I have never felt anything abnormal when I do my monthly breast checks in the shower.
Well I got a phone call a few days later, they wanted to see me the next morning at a Breastscreen NSW clinic in a city 2 hours away from here.............don't panic, ''you have an area in the upper outer quadrant of your right breast that needs a further mammogram, an ultrasound, a consult with a couple of doctors and a possible biopsy in the afternoon". I was stunned but made the appointment for 9.15am the next morning as suggested. It's apparently not unusual to be recalled after your first mammogram as the radiologists have no prior views to compare your mammogram results with..............I know this I'm a nurse. I felt calm and ready for what's to come until I phoned Dear Husband and ask him to take the day off work and come with me to the appointment. What if? Surely not!
I didn't sleep well but arrived for my appointment on time and I have to say the women who work at Breastscreen NSW are a wonderful group of professional women who just make you feel very comfortable swanning around in your white gown for hours while attending all the tests and consults. I actually was feeling so relieved that I had decided to have the initial mammogram because early detection is your best weapon against breast cancer. I met a lot of other women all older than me in the waiting room and they were a scared bunch of women and the saddest thing is that 1 out of 10 was going to get a bad result that day. I am very relieved to tell you it wasn't me but I am so going to have my mammograms done every odd year from now on and seek medical advice in-between if I notice anything abnormal in my breasts appearance or feel.
The 3 Step Breast Check Shower Card designed by Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. Every girl should have one of these in her shower and you can get your free card by emailing Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. Click to enlarge this card above if you want to do a self examination right now!