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    Since the ta-ta's has been a subject on here, I have a question for you ladies. Those of you who have had to deal with the big "C", did it run in your family or were you the first? I am turning the big 5-0 next month and the doc wants me to get a mam. I have had one in the past and have no problem getting it but just wondering what the stats are from real people on here.
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    Joanne

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    I am a Ten Year survior... yah ! I was 45 when I had the big "C" No one in my family ever had it. I was the first.! My doctor says now it runs in your family.. I have 3 Daughters.. scares me to death.
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      Hi Joanne, I had my first mam at 40 and a calcification was found. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, DCIS for short. Lucky it was found early and was removed with a lumpectomy. I was encouraged to have radiation treatment which I did and taking Tamoxafin for 5 years, one more to go! Fortunately for me it was found early and so far so good, no more questionable mams. I blame birth control, I had been taking the pill for about 12 years prior to this. I am the first in my family to get breast cancer. My mom has had two lumpectomies for suspicious lumps, but none have been cancerous. I was extremely lucky, I can't help but think what my prognosis would have been if I waited until 50 for my first mam. I know this is all personal preference, no one can pinpoint when to get their first mam and doctors argue about this. But I did encourage all my co-workers to start having their mams ASAP. Hope it all goes well for you, it's a "smashing" experience

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        All my mammograms have come back good. I have three sisters and the oldest had BC and beat it. So far, the rest of us have been fine, but our doctors are aware that my older sister had it and they make sure to pay close attention.
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          my #2 sister was the 1st with BC in my family - she was 53 when she lost her battle --
          now her eldest son has BC - he will be 43 tomorrow
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            My mom had it, and she is the only one who has. It was nearly 30 years ago and it never recurred. There are five girls in the family and none have gotten it :knocking on wood: I remember taking her to the doctor for the followup after her surgery and we could hear a man in one of the examining rooms....he had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the first I had heard of a man getting it.

            In my husbands family, things have not gone so good. His mother came from a family with eleven kids, nine girls and two boys. All of the women who have died, to included his mother and grandma, have died of ovarian cancer, a couple of breast cancer. Clearly it runs in the family. We have two daughters and it terrifies me that they will get it too. They are both done having children and have asked to have hysterectomies and their doctors refuse, saying they are too young. At least they are both well aware and keep on top of things.
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              I'm not sure you will get valid statistics from a forum. Ask your doctor!

              I forgot my mammogram the other week, calling tomorrow to re-schedule (and apologise). I will ask then too!

              You can find out if you're likely to get it, right? I read that's why Angelina Jolie took pre-emptive action.
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                Originally posted by Jackiejs View Post
                I am a Ten Year survior... yah ! I was 45 when I had the big "C" No one in my family ever had it. I was the first.! My doctor says now it runs in your family.. I have 3 Daughters.. scares me to death.
                Thank you so much for the info. I am very happy that you are a 10 year survivor! This helps a lot.
                Hugs,
                Joanne

                There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

                A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
                Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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                  Originally posted by Apache Lady View Post
                  Hi Joanne, I had my first mam at 40 and a calcification was found. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, DCIS for short. Lucky it was found early and was removed with a lumpectomy. I was encouraged to have radiation treatment which I did and taking Tamoxafin for 5 years, one more to go! Fortunately for me it was found early and so far so good, no more questionable mams. I blame birth control, I had been taking the pill for about 12 years prior to this. I am the first in my family to get breast cancer. My mom has had two lumpectomies for suspicious lumps, but none have been cancerous. I was extremely lucky, I can't help but think what my prognosis would have been if I waited until 50 for my first mam. I know this is all personal preference, no one can pinpoint when to get their first mam and doctors argue about this. But I did encourage all my co-workers to start having their mams ASAP. Hope it all goes well for you, it's a "smashing" experience
                  Geez. I was on BC pills for 25 years. Sigh. This is very eye-opening. Praying for you that it stays away forever.
                  Hugs,
                  Joanne

                  There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

                  A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
                  Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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                    Originally posted by CountryHut View Post
                    my #2 sister was the 1st with BC in my family - she was 53 when she lost her battle --
                    now her eldest son has BC - he will be 43 tomorrow
                    I am so sorry. Breaks my heart. I get after my husband all the time to be tested with all cancers since his dad had 5 different ones. He survived them all. Breast was one of them. Think I will look for the paperwork that I had gotten from the doc and misplaced. Time to take this seriously.
                    Hugs,
                    Joanne

                    There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

                    A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
                    Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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                      Originally posted by bubba View Post
                      My mom had it, and she is the only one who has. It was nearly 30 years ago and it never recurred. There are five girls in the family and none have gotten it :knocking on wood: I remember taking her to the doctor for the followup after her surgery and we could hear a man in one of the examining rooms....he had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the first I had heard of a man getting it.

                      In my husbands family, things have not gone so good. His mother came from a family with eleven kids, nine girls and two boys. All of the women who have died, to included his mother and grandma, have died of ovarian cancer, a couple of breast cancer. Clearly it runs in the family. We have two daughters and it terrifies me that they will get it too. They are both done having children and have asked to have hysterectomies and their doctors refuse, saying they are too young. At least they are both well aware and keep on top of things.
                      I argue with the doc all the time about my husband being tested more frequently. His dad and brother had prostate cancer. Both had their prostates removed and so far his brother is okay (dad passed from a different reason). The doc wants to test hubby every 5 years since his last test was fine. I am not fine with that. Anything could happen during those 5 years. He is so high risk.
                      Hugs,
                      Joanne

                      There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

                      A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
                      Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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                        Originally posted by Wwena View Post
                        I'm not sure you will get valid statistics from a forum. Ask your doctor!

                        I forgot my mammogram the other week, calling tomorrow to re-schedule (and apologise). I will ask then too!

                        You can find out if you're likely to get it, right? I read that's why Angelina Jolie took pre-emptive action.
                        This is just very informal. I know it is a small amount of people compared to what doctors say but I want to hear from real people who have been there. I was told by my doc that where before, when you tested for BC, it was once every 5 years if everything was okay. Now they say that is too often. Medical science changes. Real people know. I WILL have my test done since reading all of this. Sometimes it takes more than a pamphlet and a doc to jolt you into reality. I am calling this week.
                        Hugs,
                        Joanne

                        There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

                        A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
                        Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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                          My oldest daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 27th birthday. While no one in our direct line has had BC, I have two first cousins on my dad's side who had and survived BC. Because we have four daughters, we had my oldest tested for the BRCA gene. The test was negative, so we did not have the other girls tested; it's a $3000 test.

                          Because of passport and visa requirements, my oldest had two chest X-rays before she was 18 years old; my other girls were too young to need X-rays according to the rules. I am convinced that one of the X-ray machines was putting out too much radiation. A whole group of us had to have chest X-rays to extend our visas on an overseas assignment. Of those 20 people, four came down with chest or breast cancer within a few years. I know there were two X-ray rooms because they called my daughter and me in at the same time and we went into separate rooms. So that means that probably 10 people in our group were in the same X-ray room, and almost half of them got chest/breast cancer (and there may have been more, those are just the ones I heard of through the grapevine). I just find that too big of a coincidence to discount the possibility of a rogue machine.

                          I'm happy to say that all four of these people, including my daughter, beat the cancer. My doctors now watch me uber closely because "it runs in your family." I'm just happy that my beautiful daughter survived.

                          My personal story is that I've had a number of lumps and bumps biopsied, including breast lumps. I'm very thankful that all have turned out to be benign.

                          Regarding the Pill and breast cancer, a number of studies--though not all--have shown a link. It's scary to know that an entire generation has been used as guinea pigs.
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                            Over 40, get yourself a mammogram IMO. Early detection is key with any type of cancer.

                            My mother was 49 when she was diagnosed at stage 4 with a rare form of uterine cancer - she would have been in the 5% range based on risk factor. I was 29 with a 40% hereditary risk at that time, started with a pap test every 6 month, within 2 years the risk factor became known to rise to 70% - growing rapidly between 30 and 35. At age 36.5 my pap was negative, at 37 it was stage 2! I had a Radical Hysterectomy and all the required treatments involved. I've been a survivor for 17 years.

                            My mother's mother is one of nine girls, she died of a brain tumor, she had 3 mischarges and a hysterectomy, we're not sure if she had any signs of ovarian/cervical or uterine cancer. Six of her sisters died of breast cancer. Many breast cancer doctors feel that I wasn't at high risk because my mother didn't have breast cancer and my grandmother was once removed. However, I did have annual mammos since my 40th B-day and manual breast exams at my 6 months pap test by my gyno.

                            Last June I had my pap and mammo after missing 2 years due to lack of insurance, I found a County program for women over 50 which is for free by chance. I wasn't worried about my mammo at all, didn't feel anything. I was worried about my pap as I had been feeling crappy and not myself.

                            I got the call that my pap was negative. "Great" I said Then the pause on the other side. "But your mammogram shows some concern, the radiologist would like you to come back tomorrow morning." And so the TaTa story on The Forum began. It proved to have 3 nodes and malignancy. I had a stereoscopic biopsy done with radiation treatment and just last week had the follow-up mammo/ultrasound done. The mass was complete removed by the biopsy with clean tissue showing, the other two nodes have shrunk 70+% - I'm considered clean. I've beaten this second type of cancer! I feel blessed beyond words. Early detection is very important, especially in my case, all 3 nodes were deep against my chest wall. They CAN NOT be felt by a manual breast exam! Only can be detected by a mammogram and the two smaller ones were found during the ultrasound. Therefore, YOU need to make that call to your doctor and schedule a mammogram.

                            If you don't have insurance as many of us have lost our jobs or our spouses have lost their jobs and coverage. Call your county health agencies and tell them your age! Apparently there are various programs that are funded by state and federal programs for women both for breast and paps.

                            Also if you are a DES baby there are programs for health care for you as well. (Normally after a hysterectomy, you wouldn't get a pap but as a DES baby, I need to keep having paps for the rest of my life.)

                            "Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a synthetic form of the female hormone estrogen. It was prescribed to pregnant women between 1940 and 1971 to prevent miscarriage, premature labor, and related complications of pregnancy (1). The use of DES declined after studies in the 1950s showed that it was not effective in preventing these problems."

                            Long story short...Get your Pap Yearly once you are sexually active, do your self breast exam monthly, have your doctor do a manual breast exam at your annual check up. After 40, schedule a Mammogram. When in doubt about something strange going on with your body, go to the doctor! Early detection can save your life!

                            Huggers, Ruby
                            2xC Survivor and feeling very, very blessed (watched over by my angel "Mams")
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                              Joanne,
                              My husband had a large (the largest the surgeons had ever seen) in his spinal column and behind his lung eight years ago. The only symptom he had was numbness starting in his feet and working it's way up his body, and falling because of those symptoms. It started one year in Hawaii, and he was afraid to tell me while we were there. Apparently he was also afraid to tell me for a week after we got home! Anyway, they type tumor he has is 98% of the time not cancerous, and we were lucky he was in that percentile. He has to go yearly for MRI's (this year is on Friday). After last years, they told us it was regrowing but they are not concerned as it is very very slow growing and he has no symptoms. They said he had the first one probably at least ten years! So even though I worry all the time about it, this time of the year is always worse waiting to see what they find.
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