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Recently, I wrote that the number of women ages 50 to 64 who were having annual mammograms was declining at a surprising rate.
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Dorothy

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#128
Jul 19, 2010
 
The first mammogram I had when I discovered a lump in my left breast hurt very much. I went from one hospital to another and they demanded I get another mammogram with a digital machine for better a better image. I wanted to see both pictures and in the first mammogram you could see the tumor was round. In the second one it was smashed all to heck and looked spread out.

The problem with mammograms is that if you do have a tumor --it will be badly damaged after this barbaric imaging process. The first thing they should do is an ultrasound, and I believe that if they perfect ultrasound tests we won;t have to endure this pain. I found out that a mammogram puts about 40 pounds of pressure on your breast. What do you expect to happen to a tumour when you reduce the breast to about 1/2 inch thickness? The tumor is damaged.

There is also a much more accurate test called a Thermogram -which is not painful and detects differences on a cellular level-before a tumor is even formed.

Mammograms are ancient torture machines and the should be abandoned for safer testing methods. I haven't and won't have another mammogram ever again. The radiation alone will give you breast cancer and is far greater than scientists will tell you.
Mammo Queen

Newport, NH

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#129
Jul 20, 2010
 
Ladies just go to this web site and carefully read and study.

www.cochrane.dk

Then for some humor read the boob poem at www.menopausemetamorphis.com

(.)(.) These are my boobs.

__ These are my boobs after having a MAMMOGRAM

:0( Any questions?
virginia

Dallas, TX

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#130
Aug 5, 2010
 
l do believe every woman is different,my periods were not bad,little bit of cramping,3 days on and l was done,my sisters had such horrible periods,that l was scarred to death to start mine,l am the youngest of 4 siblings,l had my first mamm.when l was 31becouse someone in my family lied about having problems,so just to be safe l had one done,again l have a very hi tollerence for pain,please excuse my spelling,as chemo has effected my memory and thought prosses,and several other aspects of my life,again the mammagram did not hert,but my sister has such extreme pain,that untill she saw what l went thru with my breast cancer treatment she had refused to get one,she now gets one every year,please do NOT stop getting your check ups,l am an 11 year stage 3 breast cancer SURVIVOR,find it,find it early,and SURVIVE IT!!!! l was only 33 when l had a mastectomy, ladies,l dont no why we are expected to tolerate such things that we do but we shouldent,SPEAK UP,if it is that painful,a mamagram detects MOST of all B.C.PLEAS
virginia

Dallas, TX

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#131
Aug 5, 2010
 
l just do not want to see another woman go thru this,do you no that MOST breast cancers are before age 40 and by the time you feel a lump its a million cancer cells in that lump? l diddent becouse l never felt the lump,and l had just had a gyn.appt in July and she did a breast exam ,she diddent feel it eather , l was dignsd in SEPTEMBER,2 months later,becouse l felt a lump under my arm pit,witch of corse l found out later was l of 4 limp nodes positive for cancer,that ,by the way was the size of a small orange by the time THEY got me in for an ultrasound, the whole story is l went to my p.cp.in MAY ,after getting chicken pox at 32 l still diddent FEEL RITE? hot all the time,thirsty,loosing weight,energy like crazy,my hole endocrine system was on GO, they did full blood work said l was FINE ,in JULY ,went to o.b.gyn. breast exam,but no mamm.FINE ,SEPTEMBER ,mammagram ,stage 3 breast cancer 4 nodes pos BAM! ladies,you NO your own bodies,do whatever it takes to get your check ups,MAKE THEM LISTEN ,GOD BLESS
Crystal

Monroe, NC

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#132
Aug 17, 2010
 

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It DOES NOT hurt one bit to have a mammogram! I had my first mammogram today and I found it to be completely painless! Please don't let these comments keep you from having such an important procedure done. They are truly no big deal at all. It only takes a matter of seconds for them to get the images they need. I would suggest having your mammogram done during the time of the month you are least tender in your breat area. I could see it hurting a little before your menstrual cycle. Otherwise, just take a deep breath and go for it. It doesn't even come close to child birth or even a paper cut for that matter. Good luck! You're a strong brave women and you can handle it. It's a walk in the park!
Electra

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#133
Sep 1, 2010
 
I have regular Brazilian bikini waxes (somewhat painful). I have my eyebrows threaded (quite painful). I have had dysentery (extremely painful) and gynecological surgery (quite painful and scary). My mammogram yesterday was on the level of dysentery or surgery while it was happening, and afterward, my chest feels about on the level of a bikini wax.

Mammograms certainly do save some lives (although, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, really not a huge number). Yes, we should probably get them. And yes, for me they hurt like hell.

I wonder, those who are so angered at folks who talk about the pain of mammograms, why are you so concerned whether strangers get mammograms? I suppose that question may seem callous, but really: if you are so angry at strangers who want to discuss the pain, then why are you so concerned that they save themselves via mammograms?
Gail Perry

United States

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Sep 2, 2010
 

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Electra, I agree with you. Why should we be shusshed into silence and not talk about the facts?

I think women should get mammograms, but we're not little children and should not be lied to about them.

I'll tell ya what. If the test to detect testicular cancer was to slap men's private parts on to a glass plate and squash them -- they'd find a better way.
caol miller

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#135
Sep 10, 2010
 
i had a mamogram, a FNA, an ultra sound,no pain at the time - mild discomfort for a few weeks.
I started to notice pain when i opened the oven door, when i go out in the cold, have a hot bath, use microwaive, etc. Seems to me that my pain is brought on by temperature changes. i never had anything like this before, this was my first and .

i feel that this is saying radiation has been retained in the lump and i do not know how you can get rid of radiation - i believe you retain it for life is that right???? its disturbing, i had no pain at all having any of this done, it was weeks afterwards this began to set in.
carol
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#136
Sep 10, 2010
 
No,Carol, radiation disappears at a rate governed by physics. It doesn't stick around. What does your doctor say?
Courtney

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Nov 19, 2010
 
I came upon this discussion board after searching Mammogram bruising. I am 41 and have had a few mammos at my age. The first few were uncomfortable but not painful. This most recent has clearly left me with some internal bruising - my breast has hurt for 5 days since the exam. It's irritaing to say the least since it is clearly the lack of skill of this particular technician. I also had a sonogram due to having dense tissue and will now ask my OB/GYN if I can opt just for the sonogram.
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Janice wrote:
If men had to get a test like this on their testicles every year, you can bet that the male dominated medical profession would have come up with a much less painful way of doing it after the first year! Why are women always expected to "suck it up" and deal with extreme pain? Men would
NEVER tolerate this!
==========Yes !!!! They can spend billions on space flights, too, yet still don't have a cure for cancer, either.
Gail Perry

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#139
Feb 25, 2011
 
Liz wrote:
<quoted text>==========Yes !!!! They can spend billions on space flights, too, yet still don't have a cure for cancer, either.
It is unlikely that they will have "a cure" for cancer. Cancer is a category of diseases that share some traits but that individually, differ quite significantly. There are seven different types just of breast cancer. There are several kinds of lung cancer and several kinds of brain cancer. Etc. Each one of these types and subtypes need their own treatments -- because they are so different from each other.

If there were one single "cure" it would be for everyone to just stop smoking. Smoking increases the likelihood of many different kinds of cancer. But among other things, that shows that there are multiple causes.

To carry your space analogy further, we've put humans on the moon but not Mars. We haven't been to Mars because a different set of problems has to be solved to do it.

It's the same with cancers. Each one is different.
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#140
Mar 24, 2011
 
My mammo was uncomfortable, but not really painful. It's after that is painful. I am still experiencing a constant dull achy feeling in both breasts now with sharp shooting pains.(I had this done because I had a hot painful spot in one breast) I had mine almost 2 months ago!!
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#141
Mar 31, 2011
 
I've never had any pain from a mammogram, but I"m worried that my next one won't be so easy, because I had breast surgery last summer. I wonder if the affected breast will be sore next time I have a mammogram.

People seem to really differ in how much discomfort they get from mammos. I wonder why they don't just give all of us ultrasounds? There's no discomfort, and also no radiation risk.
mary

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#142
Apr 8, 2011
 
lisa it dose hurt i'm still in pain after two weeks on my left brest so don't say it don't hurt every one is not the same.
Gail Perry

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#143
Apr 10, 2011
 
Leila wrote:
I've never had any pain from a mammogram, but I"m worried that my next one won't be so easy, because I had breast surgery last summer. I wonder if the affected breast will be sore next time I have a mammogram.
People seem to really differ in how much discomfort they get from mammos. I wonder why they don't just give all of us ultrasounds? There's no discomfort, and also no radiation risk.
Ultrasounds are not broad diagnostic tests. They can't ultrasound the entire breast with accuracy. They have to have a place to explore, and then use the ultrasound with skill to get the best image possible of the area.

It's just not a screening too.
Gail Perry

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Apr 12, 2011
 
Dorothy wrote:
The first mammogram I had when I discovered a lump in my left breast hurt very much. I went from one hospital to another and they demanded I get another mammogram with a digital machine for better a better image. I wanted to see both pictures and in the first mammogram you could see the tumor was round. In the second one it was smashed all to heck and looked spread out.
The problem with mammograms is that if you do have a tumor --it will be badly damaged after this barbaric imaging process. The first thing they should do is an ultrasound, and I believe that if they perfect ultrasound tests we won;t have to endure this pain. I found out that a mammogram puts about 40 pounds of pressure on your breast. What do you expect to happen to a tumour when you reduce the breast to about 1/2 inch thickness? The tumor is damaged.
There is also a much more accurate test called a Thermogram -which is not painful and detects differences on a cellular level-before a tumor is even formed.
Mammograms are ancient torture machines and the should be abandoned for safer testing methods. I haven't and won't have another mammogram ever again. The radiation alone will give you breast cancer and is far greater than scientists will tell you.
I don't blame people for wanting mammograms to be replaced. They use very little radiation, do NOT cause cancer, and do NOT cause a spread. They simply do not.

Thermograms do NOT find "cellular differences" before a tumor has formed. Only a microscopic analysis can do that.

I'm sorry but there's a lot of misinformation in that post, and I urge women who wonder about all that to talk to their doctors.
lisa

Reading, PA

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#145
Apr 13, 2011
 
I get a mammogram every year and will never stop! I had one yesterday that was very painful and caused bruises. This has never happened before. all the other times it was just uncomfortable. I hope u never get one like that, Curious. Three is not many, I have had 15.
Gail Perry

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Apr 13, 2011
 
lisa wrote:
I get a mammogram every year and will never stop! I had one yesterday that was very painful and caused bruises. This has never happened before. all the other times it was just uncomfortable. I hope u never get one like that, Curious. Three is not many, I have had 15.
Lisa, even with a history of breast cancer I've never had one that actually bruised me. That's just not right. Two things come to mind:

First, there are some conditions that can make you bruise easily. I think you might consider having some blood work done.

Second, if they really squeezed you that tight, you need to change where you're having it done. Make sure that they are doing digital mammograms, which are more accurate and make all that squeezing less necessary. Where I live, digital is the standard. They don't even cost more any more.

I agree with you, though. They simply should not be skipped. No, they won't catch all breast cancers when they're very tiny, but do you really want to wait until the thing is 5 cm and has had lots and lots of time to spread? That's what can happen if you count on human hands finding them.
notadramamamma

Indianapolis, IN

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#147
Oct 26, 2011
 
First year fainted..."did you eat..." "are you under stress..." Obviously saw that I was sick and it took over 40 minutes...after fainting...falling down again and diahrea...that they ordered an ultra sound on the spot...
2nd year...Not as tight on the test...survived.
3rd year...Told the 1t tech...she didn't tell the 2nd tech of my experience...This time I had a seizure and was unconscious for over 10 seconds...No vitals taken...Walked out and into the Dr's office from the mammo truck...Firetruck and ambulance got lost...jeez...I warned them this was eposodic and that if they didn't release me I'd take the firemen to the mammo truck for a penis gram...We have rights...

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