Talk It Out
Author: Shannon Miller
There are some topics of conversation that we’d rather just stray away from and not think about.
Unfortunately, these topics are often the more important ones! For example, it is important for adult women to talk with their doctors about breast cancer prevention and mammograms. Although this can be hard at times, the good news is that having an open dialogue with your doctor can only help you out in the long run! New guidelines indicate that women between the ages of 50 and 74 should get a mammogram once every two years. No matter what your age is, there is nothing wrong with going to your doctor with specific questions and taking the time to jot down notes during your visit – they are there to help YOU!
Consider asking your doctor these questions in order to open up a conversation about breast cancer screening and mammograms:
- Do I have risk factors for breast cancer? (know your family history before you get to his/her office)
- For women under 50 years old:
- Based on my risk factors, what is the likelihood of me getting breast cancer?
- Do you recommend that I start getting mammograms regularly? How often?
- What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms before age 50?
- Are there any special tests that I should get? When?
- What’s the best way to do a self exam? How often?
If you have questions or concerns about your health, bring them up on your next visit! Remember, knowledge is power!