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What Is Keeping You From Your Mammogram?

Among the top three reasons women say they don't get mammograms once a year is that they are afraid, according to a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance blog post.

Among the top three reasons women say they don't get mammograms once a year is that they are afraid, according to a Seattle Cancer Care Alliance blog post.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

"Fear can motivate women to seek mammograms or avoid them. Some people are afraid of doctors, exams and tests."

Unfortunately, being a woman puts you at risk for breast cancer, regardless of any other factor, the post continues. 

Screening mammography is the only test available that is clinically proven to save lives by detecting breast cancer at early stages. If you’re healthy, it’s the perfect time for mammography so you know what healthy breasts look like on the inside. 

Read the entire post here.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance also wants women to Make your Mammogram Promise

Simone Cannon October 31, 2012 at 08:55 PM
One glaring reason that often gets glossed over is that women don't get mammograms due to lack of affordable healthcare and/or insurance. If you are uninsured and are diagnosed with breast cancer, you will both 1) be financially ruined trying to pay for treatment yourself 2) be unable to buy or be covered by any insurance ever again since you now have a pre-existing condition which no insurance company will cover . This never seems to get discussed on sites like this.
M Williams November 01, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Just in case anyone avoids mammograms due to the discomfort, I want to say that as a person who has a mammogram every year for a long time, I think the discomfort of the procedure has gone way down. I underwent a mammogram at St. Anthony's Hospital last week and wrote them a compliment card because it was so painless. The technician was very good and I think that the equipment has gotten better. No more flat-as-a-pancake jokes!

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