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September 15, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
I asked a friend the other day if she has had a mammogram yet since she is in the 40 age bracket. She said no. I looked her square in the eyes and told her "don't wait." We are so very lucky in this valley to have wonderful hospital facilities when it comes to women's health care, especially mammography. Do not listen to the exaggerated horror stories of how painful it is or things like that. It is a very few seconds of discomfort that may prevent months or years of pain in the future. And the technicians -- they are all female -- are so caring, gracious and professional that I have never felt embarrassment or uncomfortable about the procedure. It only takes a few minutes to fill out a form, put on a hospital gown and walk down the hall to the mammography room. You are given very explicit directions for standing at the machine while the images are captured digitally. There is no longer film to be developed. The techs can look at the images immediately while you are still in the room to determine if any more images are needed. It is peace of mind to do this. Do it for yourself, your husband, your kids and everyone who loves you. While there are no fail safes when it comes to breast cancer, we can do some things to catch it early. There are programs, too, that offer these services to women without insurance. Check with your local health department or hospital. Please take care of yourselves.
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