The Breast Diaries

Case Example: Self-Examination Saved Her

September 16th, 2011

As follow-up to my last post regarding breast self-examination, I offer a real case example:

A 39-year-old mom with no family history of breast cancer felt a lump in her right breast when she was doing a self-examination.  Her mammogram pictures show dense breast tissue.  A triangular-shaped sticker (you can see the triangle on the RMLO and RCC films) has been put on the lump.  At that site on the mammogram, there is an irregular mass best seen on the magnified view RMML (yellow arrow) that demonstrates “spiculated margins”-  a radiology term for badness. …

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Six Ways to Make a Mammogram More Tolerable

September 16th, 2011

By now you’ve probably seen the internet jokes that compare the mammogram experience to having your breast squashed in a refrigerator door/ automatic garage/ etc.  A few years back, I joined the club of women who have our annual mammograms, and I can’t say that I disagree with the imagery of the jokes; however, the benefits of early detection FAR outweigh the discomfort (don’t you hate when doctors say that?  It’s not “discomfort” or “a little pressure”—  It HURTS!), so I’m willing to put up with it.

I’d like to share a few tips I’ve…

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