So in Seahawks Nation, today was Blue Friday, when fans wear the team’s colors. So this morning while Tom and I were getting dressed in our Seahawks gear, Tom said it should be “Boob Friday”. I thought that was appropriate since I was getting dressed to go to a mammogram appointment.
When I turned 40, I originally got my mammograms every year. But then partially out of not prioritizing it and partially because of the NIH guidelines, I stopped getting them yearly. But then on January tenth, 2011 I found a breast lump. I then got my mammogram which was abnormal. I was eventually diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical ductal hyperplasia. I underwent bilateral lumpectomies and have been fine ever since. And I get my mammograms yearly (as well as breast MRIs yearly).
So if I had not found my lump and delayed my mammogram further, there may have been a very different end to this story. So you women of 40 or more years, if you have not had a mammogram in the last year, schedule one now.