Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Aging, Attitude, Beauty, Friends, Girlfriends, Health | Posted on 23-01-2012
Tags: 40, breast cancer, breast health, health, imaging, mammogram, women
Whether you have breasts like nectarines, onions, or butternut squash (no judgement here)–or somewhere in between–experts recommend getting a mammogram starting at age 40. Or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Here’s a good link with facts about how mammograms save lives.
Let me tell you, it was fun!
Well, maybe not fun fun, as in let’s-go-have-some-margaritas fun, but definitely not bad. Here’s what happens:
1. You take off your clothes on top, wipe off your deodorant, and put on a lovely gown with a snap (oh and openings on the side, so you really hang out).
2. In the imaging room, the mammogram technician helps place one of your breasts onto the platter. And you grab onto the handle while this machine smashes your breast flat as a pita, while the technician clicks an image (maybe to put on Facebook?) and tells you to hold your breath for like 3 seconds. Easy peasy.
3. Repeat on the other side. You don’t want that breast to feel left out.
4. Then you do a side breast smash for each breast. Click (say cheese).
5. Then you’re done.
6. It takes about 8 minutes for the procedure altogether. And you have the chance to chit-chat with the technician while you’re standing there with your snap unsnapped and your breasts are hanging out. #awkward
But no pain, just a little pressure. You can handle it! Schedule your mammogram today. And when you do, tell them Pippi sent you.