What’s a Mammogram like?
Usually, on the blog, I talk about how you can save money or better yet, time. But, this week I’m talking about something a little more serious: a way you could someday save your life.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to raise money for research and increase awareness of the disease.
At 25 (I’m almost 26), I haven’t done much research on breast cancer or on how it affects women around the country. So far, I’ve thought, “hey, I’m too young to get breast cancer, so why do I need to know anything about it now?” To be honest, I think the only things I can tell you I’ve heard about breast cancer are the following: you have to learn to self-examine yourself and if you decide to take a mammogram, it’s an uncomfortable experience.
Is the latter statement true? I wanted to find out.
1 in 8 women will get breast cancer sometime in their life, and according to the American College of Radiology, women with average risk should start annual mammograms at 40. But, those women with a higher risk should start screening even sooner.
This month, I teamed up with Advanced Medical Imaging, a medical imaging center in Lincoln that specializes in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. In fact, they have the ONLY fellowship-trained Breast Imaging Radiologist in the Lincoln area.
They invited me into their center to walk me through the process of what it’s like before, during and after you get a mammogram procedure. I should say, disclaimer here, they did NOT do the full procedure on me, but I still got a sense of what it feels like to have the procedure done and what I could expect.
Check out the video and let me know your thoughts!