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A word from Deb
What happens when your mammogram is not clear? My personal experience
Earlier in the week, we posted a video of Deb’s biennial visit to BreastScreen NSW.
After her skin-cancer scare in 2011, Deborah is religious about keeping her health appointments but has never had a call back from her biennial mammogram so when she got a missed call, the emotions started building up.
Watch the video to see what Deborah had to say about the process of being called back for an “irregularity”.
“So a week later I get a missed call,” Deborah said.
“It’s BreastScreen Australia saying we’d like to see you again because we’ve found an irregularity. We’d like to see you, give you another mammogram, an ultrasound and if need be a biopsy.”
“That’s when I started to feel nervous.”
Despite the fact that she was eventually given the all clear, Deborah said the experience reinforced for her the importance of the screening and gave her confidence in the BreastScreen process.
“That just taught me, as it should teach you, this is not something to be ignored. Look after yourself, look after your breasts and return all of your missed calls.”
According to BreastScreen NSW the majority of women who have a screening mammogram will get a result of ‘no evidence of breast cancer’. However, they should still continue to know the look and feel of their breasts between screening mammograms and report any changes to their GP.
Some women will be called back for more tests because the mammogram showed an abnormality. For most of these women, subsequent tests are normal and breast cancer is not found.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer following a screening mammogram are less likely to have a mastectomy (have their breast removed). Depending on a number of factors and the stage of the cancer, other treatment options can include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapies.
How to get a mammogram
To book a free mammogram, contact 13 20 50.