The 20-Year Mammogram

I have a close female friend who is highly educated on the graduate level, but she was born and raised in the agricultural Midwest where preventative medicine is not a common meme.  Her last mammogram was 20 years ago.  She shared the story of her latest breast exam with me so that I might share it with you now.  There are three reasons why she waited so long between mammogram.  One, they hurt too much.  Second, there’s been some research suggesting regular mammograms may not be helpful.  Finally, they hurt way too much to get every year!

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