Sunday, March 6, 2011

Read my mail ... please

The result of my recent mammogram is in ... and I'm pleased to say it's "normal!"
That's always a relief for a woman over 40 who routinely has a screening for breast cancer.  Here's something for you to read from the American Cancer Society:

The importance of finding breast cancer early

The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease, such as cancer, in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that allows earlier diagnosis of breast cancer than otherwise might have occurred.
Breast cancers that are found because they are causing symptoms tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. Following the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

"Early detection tests ... save many thousands of lives each year ..."
I know some women avoid the screening ... but let me repeat that statement:
it can save many thousands of lives! 
So there you have it my friends ...

and ... for your viewing pleasure, here is a little video titled Mammograms Matter
from our friends at the American Cancer Society.


  1. well yay! i sure know mine was found early and treated quickly and hopefully will never come back...

    hugs, bee

  2. Bee! You're back! I've missed you and Sarge! Readership was down while you were gone.
    I know you had a wonderful cruise ... I was "with" you every lap of the way. (Do cruise ships "lap?")

  3. congrats miss r, i am sure jeter is happy.

  4. Yay! There's something normal about you!

    (I'm sorry...saw the shot, had to take it...)