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    #16
    Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

    My two of my cousins...sibs....had cancer....only one survived.... I had DCIS in 2008. ... I am seriously late for my last diagnostic mammogram....


    Sandy from Cincinnati


    AKA Kermit

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      #17
      Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

      Approximately 80% of women with breast cancer had no family history at the time of their diagnosis. While having a family history is significant and does increase one's risk, not having a family history is obviously not a "get out of jail free" card. There are many "myths" surrounding breast cancer risk and treatments.


      16 common myths about breast cancer


      The recent mammogram study results this week have reopened the controversy about the value and effectiveness of mammograms saving lives. Mammograms are not perfect, but there is no question they have detected many cancers. I had my first mammogram at 36 just because it was offered free by my employer. I decided to get a "baseline" film to have for future comparisons and in the process discovered I had very dense breasts. A repeat mammogram at age 39 showed microcalcifications which can be precursors to the development of a tumor. I had a biopsy to remove and inspect the microcalcs and results were benign.


      I continued to get annual mammograms after age 40. At age 47 a mammogram detected a mass in that same biopsy location and I had my first breast cancer diagnosis...stage 2 IDC, 2 positive nodes, lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, tamoxifen...the standard treatment plan. Annual follow up mammograms never revealed any additional issues but 5 years later at age 52 a mass was felt on palpation in the other breast but could not be picked up by mammogram or ultrasound. A breast MRI finally was able to see through dense breasts and revealed a large mass.


      This new primary breast cancer was unrelated to the first. It was a stage 3C ILC, 5.1cm tumor with 23 positive nodes. Bilateral mastectomy, chemo again...(yep lost my hair again)...full 3-field radiation, 5 years IV Zometa and now going on 8 years still taking daily Aromasin.


      So the good news is I am a 13 year and 8 year survivor! Mammograms found my first cancer but totally missed the second. I still believe that until they have better screening technology, women 40 and over should get mammograms. If you have dense breasts, a personal history or family history, fight for a MRI which has better tumor detection.


      Inform yourself about the true stats and risks of breast cancer.


      Breast Cancer Risk in American Women - National Cancer Institute


      Don't delay reporting to your doctor any unusual lumps or "thickened" areas you detect on your own. You know your body better than anyone else!


      And if someday you hear those dreaded words...just know there are many, many survivors out here who prove treatment works and there is definitely LIFE after diagnosis!


      We women are so good at taking care of others...let's take care of ourselves too!
      Linda
      -its not the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away!

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        #18
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        There is a genetic trait, no doubt.
        I have a neighbor who has lost her mother to colon cancer, her sister from cervical cancer, and now she is fighting breast cancer...
        JAYZEE! I have NEVER heard cancer come up ONCE in my family! (Am I really saying this out LOUD...)

        We just seem to have heart attacks and strokes.
        Is that a 'good thing'?

        If you have a STRONG genetic trait, stay on TOP of it, chica!
        I really need to get off the exclamation point.
        It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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          #19
          Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

          Originally posted by Sewbee View Post
          Approximately 80% of women with breast cancer had no family history at the time of their diagnosis. While having a family history is significant and does increase one's risk, not having a family history is obviously not a "get out of jail free" card. There are many "myths" surrounding breast cancer risk and treatments.


          16 common myths about breast cancer


          The recent mammogram study results this week have reopened the controversy about the value and effectiveness of mammograms saving lives. Mammograms are not perfect, but there is no question they have detected many cancers. I had my first mammogram at 36 just because it was offered free by my employer. I decided to get a "baseline" film to have for future comparisons and in the process discovered I had very dense breasts. A repeat mammogram at age 39 showed microcalcifications which can be precursors to the development of a tumor. I had a biopsy to remove and inspect the microcalcs and results were benign.


          I continued to get annual mammograms after age 40. At age 47 a mammogram detected a mass in that same biopsy location and I had my first breast cancer diagnosis...stage 2 IDC, 2 positive nodes, lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, tamoxifen...the standard treatment plan. Annual follow up mammograms never revealed any additional issues but 5 years later at age 52 a mass was felt on palpation in the other breast but could not be picked up by mammogram or ultrasound. A breast MRI finally was able to see through dense breasts and revealed a large mass.


          This new primary breast cancer was unrelated to the first. It was a stage 3C ILC, 5.1cm tumor with 23 positive nodes. Bilateral mastectomy, chemo again...(yep lost my hair again)...full 3-field radiation, 5 years IV Zometa and now going on 8 years still taking daily Aromasin.


          So the good news is I am a 13 year and 8 year survivor! Mammograms found my first cancer but totally missed the second. I still believe that until they have better screening technology, women 40 and over should get mammograms. If you have dense breasts, a personal history or family history, fight for a MRI which has better tumor detection.


          Inform yourself about the true stats and risks of breast cancer.


          Breast Cancer Risk in American Women - National Cancer Institute


          Don't delay reporting to your doctor any unusual lumps or "thickened" areas you detect on your own. You know your body better than anyone else!


          And if someday you hear those dreaded words...just know there are many, many survivors out here who prove treatment works and there is definitely LIFE after diagnosis!


          We women are so good at taking care of others...let's take care of ourselves too!
          Very GOOD information shared, my friend!
          I really need to get off the exclamation point.
          It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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            #20
            Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

            Originally posted by HandsOffItsMine View Post
            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")
            Wow! I am going to call. There is no history in my family (probably because most have died early due to heart disease) and I have no concerns so this is a perfect time to go. You all have been very honest and open and the best way to thank you is to get it done and be able to report back that everything is okay. Hugs to you and everyone else on here. &
            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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              #21
              Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

              Originally posted by bubba View Post
              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.
              How can they say you have a tumor and don't worry??? I just couldn't "not worry". I am just not that brave. I am not a worrier normally but you don't mess with those things. Every day matters. Sigh.
              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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                #22
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                Originally posted by easyquilts View Post
                My two of my cousins...sibs....had cancer....only one survived.... I had DCIS in 2008. ... I am seriously late for my last diagnostic mammogram....
                What is DCIS?
                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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                  #23
                  Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

                  Originally posted by Sewbee View Post
                  Approximately 80% of women with breast cancer had no family history at the time of their diagnosis. While having a family history is significant and does increase one's risk, not having a family history is obviously not a "get out of jail free" card. There are many "myths" surrounding breast cancer risk and treatments.


                  16 common myths about breast cancer


                  The recent mammogram study results this week have reopened the controversy about the value and effectiveness of mammograms saving lives. Mammograms are not perfect, but there is no question they have detected many cancers. I had my first mammogram at 36 just because it was offered free by my employer. I decided to get a "baseline" film to have for future comparisons and in the process discovered I had very dense breasts. A repeat mammogram at age 39 showed microcalcifications which can be precursors to the development of a tumor. I had a biopsy to remove and inspect the microcalcs and results were benign.


                  I continued to get annual mammograms after age 40. At age 47 a mammogram detected a mass in that same biopsy location and I had my first breast cancer diagnosis...stage 2 IDC, 2 positive nodes, lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, tamoxifen...the standard treatment plan. Annual follow up mammograms never revealed any additional issues but 5 years later at age 52 a mass was felt on palpation in the other breast but could not be picked up by mammogram or ultrasound. A breast MRI finally was able to see through dense breasts and revealed a large mass.


                  This new primary breast cancer was unrelated to the first. It was a stage 3C ILC, 5.1cm tumor with 23 positive nodes. Bilateral mastectomy, chemo again...(yep lost my hair again)...full 3-field radiation, 5 years IV Zometa and now going on 8 years still taking daily Aromasin.


                  So the good news is I am a 13 year and 8 year survivor! Mammograms found my first cancer but totally missed the second. I still believe that until they have better screening technology, women 40 and over should get mammograms. If you have dense breasts, a personal history or family history, fight for a MRI which has better tumor detection.


                  Inform yourself about the true stats and risks of breast cancer.


                  Breast Cancer Risk in American Women - National Cancer Institute


                  Don't delay reporting to your doctor any unusual lumps or "thickened" areas you detect on your own. You know your body better than anyone else!


                  And if someday you hear those dreaded words...just know there are many, many survivors out here who prove treatment works and there is definitely LIFE after diagnosis!


                  We women are so good at taking care of others...let's take care of ourselves too!
                  You're right Linda. We are our own worst enemy. I know I am bad about going to the doctors. I just went for my annual pap and that is who is ordering the mam but I have no trust in my pcp so I haven't been to her in 7 years. I have to find another. If I get sick (which is rare) I just go to the walkin clinic that she works in and see someone else. Getting an appointment with her is 6 months of waiting. She is all about money and I think patients should be a first concern. I am so sick of the double or triple booking, waiting an hour to get in for a scheduled appointment only to be seen for 5 minutes tops. I get poison ivy every year. I went to her every year. In between my first initial breakout of poison ivy and the end of the summer, I would get it 1 or 2 more times. I had already seen her for it and have a huge history of getting it and going there but she would make me go every time. Really??? I am not a new patient, this is not a new thing. She could call in something for the 2nd or 3rd breakout but she doesn't. It's money. It is $185 a pop per visit (thank God for insurance) but that is for 5 minutes. Triple booking is $555 per 5 minutes x 60 minutes = about $1600+ per hour x 8 hours = $12,800 a day. Of course there are lots of exceptions but with all that, you would think there would be a little give and take on a long time patient that has been seen already that season for the same thing. Rant over. Just sick of it. Sore subject (the way people are treated like lab rats). I have no problem with specialists though. Sorry everyone.
                  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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                    #24
                    Re: Serious Ta-Ta Question

                    I haven't had cancer, but my mom died from BC. And all her sisters and brothers (12 kids in the family) have died from some sort of cancer, many of the girls had BC. So I've had mammograms every 5 years since I was 35. When I turned 50, it became once a year. I hate having it done, but I consider it a necessary evil. I've got a dense area on one side, so they always have to do retakes - which involves even tighter squeezing. I just hate that.

                    I swear if men had to get their 'ahem' members pressed flat like we do for our ta-ta's, they would invent a better screening method!

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                      #25
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                      Originally posted by soul60s View Post
                      Wow! I am going to call. There is no history in my family (probably because most have died early due to heart disease) and I have no concerns so this is a perfect time to go. You all have been very honest and open and the best way to thank you is to get it done and be able to report back that everything is okay. Hugs to you and everyone else on here. &

                      (((Joanne))) That would make me very, very happy!

                      My dad's side has all the heart disease issues, I gave up smoking years ago TG and watch what I eat for the most part. lol I figure my odd are crappy enough! :P

                      Seriously though, I didn't live my life in constant worry, I got my scheduled checkups. I've always felt that as long as I was on the ball, we could catch things early enough, I would always have a good fighting chance. The cure might suck but I could fight it.

                      I think for your own peace of mind, it's a great thing to do for yourself!

                      Huggers, Ruby
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                        #26
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                        Over here they have recently changed it so that the age when they stop doing the mammogram is raised. I think we do them at 4 yr intervals. I certainly don't think that's too often... The test Angelina Jolie had was a DNA test, to see if she was likely to get it. It's amazing what we can find out today! (Trying to stay positive here...)

                        Originally posted by soul60s View Post
                        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.
                        ~ Anna ~

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                          #27
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                          I am 47 and I have had regular mammograms since I was 35 as I am rather large and lumpy naturally. My mom is one of eight. Two sisters have survived breast cancer, One brother passed with Lung cancer, one sister survived colon cancer, my mom survived melanoma, my grandma passed with ovarian cancer. My daddy died of colon cancer. My odds aren't real good to get through life without a touch of it in one form or another. So I get my paps and mamo every year and a coloscoply every three years. Have you seen the stories of young ladies being diagnosed with breast cancer, and they are attributing it to the young girls storing thier cell phones in their bras. One young ladies, tumor was found in the exact spot where she used to store her phone. Scary stuff!
                          Dayna

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                            #28
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                            Hello souls60....I just joined this forum and wanted to respond to this post. I've survived two bouts and finally had them removed. My brca2 proved no gene and I'm the first in my family to have it. First time in 2000. Second time in 2008. I'll be 57 in May. Breastless, happy and healthy is a great place to be. Thanks be to God.

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                              #29
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                              (((MMingo777))) TaTas aren't everything! I still have mine but if it meant living or dying...the girls would go bye-bye!

                              Survivor of uterine and bc cancers now. We're very blessed and we have a sisterhood going in this Forum for all types of Survivors!

                              Huggers, Ruby
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                                #30
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                                BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing Fact Sheet - National Cancer Institute
                                Originally posted by Wwena View Post
                                Over here they have recently changed it so that the age when they stop doing the mammogram is raised. I think we do them at 4 yr intervals. I certainly don't think that's too often... The test Angelina Jolie had was a DNA test, to see if she was likely to get it. It's amazing what we can find out today! (Trying to stay positive here...)
                                We are being Positive...by sharing information that women need to get breast exams and paps. After a certain age, four years is too far apart according to many research reports now. Environment issues have come into play most likely.

                                You keep mentioning Angela Jolie, she had the BRCA1 and 2 done - they run over $3500 each on average. My doctor wants to run them too. My dad side has lung cancer, heart disease and diabetes now. I have no insurance and I don't have $7000 to confirm that I have a crappy family medical history. My dad however did survive mild heart attack at 55, he's 75 now, plays Squash 3-4 a week against 40 year olds and kicks their butts. He's a Dutch and World Tournament Referee. There is hope for me yet!! lol

                                Here's a Link to more info on the BRCA testing, some insurance companies will cover the cost for these test. This from the National Cancer Institute:

                                http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA
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