|Mayo clinic mammo photo I have never seen this technician|
A large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine proved that isn’t the case. All women have a 5% to 15% chance of being recalled. It doesn’t mean you have breast cancer. In fact, the odds are against it. Radiologists are looking for two main signs of cancer: mass (tumors) and calcification. When a woman gets regular annual mammograms the radiologist compares the current year’s views with last year’s. If anything looks different or develops, returns for additional views or studies are taken to tease out what is being seen. Women develop benign tumors which may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body and calcifications all the time. These are quite common and include cysts, fibroadenomas, and solid masses. Calcifications occur most often simply as a result of the natural aging process from the degeneration of tissue"
I think of that old comical Mammogram poem that has made the email rounds for ages and copied in old xerox machines prior to that. It is online for the looking but I recall some lines long ago memorized, .... For years and years they told me, "Be careful of your breasts." Don't ever squeeze or bruise them, and give them monthly tests. So, I heeded all their warnings.....and protected them by law.... Guarded them very carefully, and always wore a bra..... and on it goes.....I do not want to repeat it in entirety because I find it tedious to have reiterations, just as some late comers to email repeat and recirculate old articles, jokes, fables....so I refrain.
|Uncle Carl Third or Fourth grade|
|Aunt Jinx, Virginia|
Second grade photo