Here are some of the top excuses women give for not getting a mammogram and reasons why these excuses just don’t work:
- I don’t feel any lumps. Even though you don’t feel any lumps, mammograms can detect tumors up to three years before they’re big enough to feel. Cancerous lumps detected by feeling account for about 4 percent of all the breast cancers out there – 96 percent are not felt, and 90 percent of those are picked up on a
- I’m too young to get breast cancer. It’s true most breast cancer appears in women after menopause. But did you know that one in eight breast cancers is diagnosed in women younger than 45? Women should get yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor to find out if you should get a mammogram sooner.
- I’m afraid it will hurt. While a mammogram may cause momentary discomfort, it’s a very quick procedure. To minimize any pain, schedule your mammogram at least one week after your period when your breasts are less sensitive. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever one to two hours before your exam and do not forget to relax.
- My breasts are small, so my risk must be, too. Cancer does not discriminate, and women with small breasts are just as likely as large-breasted women to get breast cancer.
- No one in my family has breast cancer so I am not at risk. Actually, 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history whatsoever. If you do have a family history of breast cancer, particularly if your mother or sister had it, you have an increased risk of getting breast cancer yourself.
Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected; the easier it is to treat. A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Schedule your mammogram today! No more excuses. It could save your life.