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   Posted 6/1/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard from a number of women that mammograms hurt.  I have never had one.  I had an ultrasound and was told I had calcification due to breast feeding. 
I am wondering  about the women in this group. Two questions
1.    Did it hurt when you had a mammogram?
2.    Do you believe that if you already have cancer having a mammogram can cause the cancer to spread more rapidly? 
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   Posted 6/1/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
1. yes
2. no

A mammogram is uncomfortable...and a bit of an 'out of body' experience. The tech picks up your breast and puts it on a cold metal plate, moves it and manipulates it, positions it, then squeezes the plates, pretty tightly. I would say it is uncomfortable and hurts for a moment. As soon as the compression stops, so does the discomfort. It is very tolerable for the moment, certainly you would not want to hold the position for more than those few seconds.

The medical information and potentially life saving information that a mammogram provides is worth it, hands down. If you've ever had a cavity or any dental work, I would say that you have tolerated similar discomfort. You've given birth, surely that pain is worse than a mammogram.

As for your second question, I have no facts to support this, but I am pretty sure that the mammogram would not pose any health risks. If it did, it would not be the gold standard for early detection.


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   Posted 6/2/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
1. No it did not hurt. Uncomforable but not painful.
2. No.

All I can say is ditto to Lori's reply. A few minutes (or seconds) of discomfort is worth a LIFE time of prevention.

Hugs to you,

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 6/2/2007 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   

First of all how old are you? Is your Dr recomending a mamogram? I have had MANY mamograms and I dont feel that they hurt, just uncomfortable. I always take a large breath right before and that seems to help. As to your second question, no having the mamo will not cause cancer to spread.

Take care

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