Not too long ago, I turned forty. I know that forty is the age where some of the more invasive medical exams start for both men and women. With that said, at my last doctor’s appointment, my doctor gave me a prescription to go take a mammogram.
When I got home from the doctor, I tucked the prescription away in a drawer and kind of forgot about it. I was dreading the thought of going in for the mammogram. Weeks passed and I still did not make an appointment. That is until Philip found the prescription. He asked if I had forgotten about it. I said yes. He then encouraged me to go ahead and make the appointment, so I did. I went this past Thursday and must admit, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, it was uncomfortable, but the benefits of taking this exam far outweigh the minor discomfort I felt when taking it.
Getting a mammogram is recommended for women who are forty years and above. Taking such a medical examination is very important among women. The screening should be done at least on annual basis. The annual test is recommended because tests show that they provide early detection of breast cancer that is curable. However, depending on an individual’s cancer risk or genetic history it may be advisable to begin scanning before the age of forty.