'Mammograms hurt' column draws ire -- OrlandoSentinel.com

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Recently, I wrote that the number of women ages 50 to 64 who were having annual mammograms was declining at a surprising rate.
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Apr 30, 2012
 
Gail Perry wrote:
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I didn't say that.
What the RESEARCH says is that even one drink a day can contribute to the growth of one type of breast cancer -- hormone sensitive breast cancer. That's what I had, so I rarely drink. I didn't drink much before because I just couldn't afford the calories but now I really think three times. However, I do have an occasional glass of wine.
I completely disagree that any doctor I have ever met would prefer profits to a cure. Yes, they make a lot of money, but they earn it.
There will never be "a" cure to "cancer" because cancer is just a TYPE of disease. There are thousands of different kinds. Each one has its own treatment in one way or another. They won't "cure" "breast cancer" tomorrow but maybe they'll find a cure -- or even better, a prevention, for one subtype. Then they can start on the next subtype.
Saying you have cancer is like saying you have heart or lung disease. There are many kinds of heart and lung diseases with many different causes and many different solutions.
For those with a history of hormone sensitive breast cancer, they're much better off not drinking.
yeah i know all this, was just feeling annoyed that there never seems to be any real progress in cancer. and yes i know there are so many different ones, i dont really blame the doctors i actually meant that a cure for cancer would take away many jobs in the medical field.
its just all frustrating and makes a person feel so helpless..

sorry guess i was just in a mood yesterday. didnt mean to upset u or anything. its an upsetting subject and can make a person feel real anger at times.
take care, best of luck too.
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#170
May 11, 2012
 
I keep having yearly mammograms because of my mother dying of breast cancer. I find the procedure so painful that I consider it barbaric.I always end up in tears. What hurts the most is the lack of understanding by the medical profession and by the female operators who dismiss my anxiety with comments like "you are very unusual". I too had four children naturally and I know the meaning of pain. However I will have to put up with the pain,the bruising and the insensitive remarks until a better test is available.
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#171
May 11, 2012
 
Rina, insist on a digital, or "diagnostic," mammogram. You need to be getting it somewhere else. It's the center that is at fault, not you and not even the test.
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#173
Oct 4, 2012
 
Gail Perry - "I'll tell ya what. If the test to detect testicular cancer was to slap men's private parts on to a glass plate and squash them -- they'd find a better way."
About the eighth time you've said this. There isn't actually a ban on women inventing things you know, if you're so convinced that mammography is some kind of dreadful male trick designed deliberately to hurt, feel free to get on and come up with something better. And if you imagine that somehow medical treatment or screening for diseases that affect men are painless, think again.
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Gail Perry - "I'll tell ya what. If the test to detect testicular cancer was to slap men's private parts on to a glass plate and squash them -- they'd find a better way."
About the eighth time you've said this. There isn't actually a ban on women inventing things you know, if you're so convinced that mammography is some kind of dreadful male trick designed deliberately to hurt, feel free to get on and come up with something better. And if you imagine that somehow medical treatment or screening for diseases that affect men are painless, think again.
Sorry your buttons are pushed so easily that you missed my point, but ... I suggest you find something better to do than lash out at posts that are so old.
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#175
Nov 20, 2012
 
Yes we are herded around like cattle. The mamos are painful and don't see through dense breast. What a financial scam doctors are running. How evil it is to continue to use mamos when ultrasound and mri is extremely more accurate. To hell with the liars and manipulators. Time to fight for annual mri, now ladies.
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#176
Nov 21, 2012
 
I had an MRI. Four years later, my ear still rings. It damaged my ear. And it uses dye, and some are allergic to the dye.

Ultrasounds are not more accurate for full breast scans.
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#177
Apr 5, 2013
 
Now I remember why I waited 15 years between mammo's. My breasts hurt so much it's as if their misery has enveloped my entire consciousness and I feel like a complete dolt for letting anyone inflict this kind of pain on me. This S-H-*-T hurts. I don't care who the tech is. That damn machine is barbaric. I'm never doing this again. Ultra Sound or MRI - anything but this torture.

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Apr 6, 2013
 
My breasts hurt wrote:
Now I remember why I waited 15 years between mammo's. My breasts hurt so much it's as if their misery has enveloped my entire consciousness and I feel like a complete dolt for letting anyone inflict this kind of pain on me. This S-H-*-T hurts. I don't care who the tech is. That damn machine is barbaric. I'm never doing this again. Ultra Sound or MRI - anything but this torture.
believe me i know how u feel, it always hurts me too. but i know for some women - they say it doesnt, my mom always said it didnt bother her.
i avoid having it done for as long as possible, but u really should just grin and bear it, its important - could very well save ur life.
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#180
Apr 12, 2013
 
I just had my first mammogram at 37 as a pre-op requirement for breast reduction. It was SO PAINFUL that I almost passed out. NO JOKE! My vision was blurry, my hearing faded out and i was light-headed. The technician made me sit for the remaining angles of x-rays. She could tell how much pain I was in and she said, "I only have 13 lbs. of pressure on you and I need to go more". I have no idea how much pressure they use. It's been almost two hours since the mammogram and my breasts still ache and hurt.
Why don't men have to have their testicals smashed to check for testicular cancer? I'd bet if they had to, we would have a better machine or way to screen for cancer because there is no way in hell a man would ever go for his yearly.

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Yes we are herded around like cattle. The mamos are painful and don't see through dense breast. What a financial scam doctors are running. How evil it is to continue to use mamos when ultrasound and mri is extremely more accurate. To hell with the liars and manipulators. Time to fight for annual mri, now ladies.
Yeah. I should have just let myself die of cancer.

Annual MRI? No way. Having one affected my hearing.

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#184
Jul 15, 2013
 
True, mammograms don't see through dense breast but they can still give a lot of indicators to specialists on whether or not further investigations, such as time consuming and far more costly ultrasounds and mri's, are required.
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#185
Aug 29, 2013
 
Alexis wrote:
I had my second mammogram today. I'm 38 - my last one was in 2009. I remember that one being particularly painful. So this time, I took Aleve a few hours ahead of time, and made sure I timed the mammogram at a good place in my cycle.
It was excruciating. While some of you might not have had painful mammograms before, considering yourself lucky, but do not discount the experiences of others. I have had numerous surgeries, including a full c-section, sinus surgery and even my tailbone removed after breaking it in a skiing accident. I have a high tolerance for pain. The pain of this mammogram was absolutely excruciating in comparison. The tech kept lowering the compression plates tighter and tighter and tears were streaming down my face. And to have to undergo that torture four separate times! Twice on each breast!
It's now ten hours after the mammogram, and my left breast is burning in pain and both breasts are bruised. I've taken a prescription Anaprox to no effect, and been icing.
This procedure is barbaric and for some of us, it remains painful and traumatic. I do not have large breasts; I have an A/B cup, fairly sagging breasts (from significant weight loss years ago). It is not just an affliction of the large-breasted. It affects us all.
And telling women to "suck it up" or "just deal" because it isn't so bad says to me you women have no idea what we're experiencing. So drop the patronizing attitude.
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Aug 29, 2013
 
Amen
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#187
Jan 22, 2014
 
I had mine today. I'm searching the internet for information about whether or not broken capillaries on the breast heal. I have size B/C breasts and was in so much pain during my mammogram! My left breast has a golf ball size bruise, and my ribs even hurt. Both of my breasts are blotchy red under the nipples and it looks like perhaps the xray broke blood vessels. I'm really upset and worried my skin will always look this way now. I really can't imagine going through this procedure again. From what I'm learning on the web, only 10% of breast cancers are detected by mammograms . The rest by self exam or other symptoms.
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Jan 23, 2014
 
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I agree with deedee
I had my third mammogram today - the first two were uncomfortable but today it hurt so much I felt weak. I have a high pain level living with chronic pain for quite a few years. There has to be another way! Seriously!
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Seriously these comments saying the screening hurts are rubbish and do more harm than good. I got called for a routine mammogram and almost didn't go because of the horror stories I read and heard. I felt no pain and no discomfort. If you are worried or have been called for one-go! I stood there tensed up waiting for this pain I had read about -there was NONE!
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#190
Feb 4, 2014
 
Bad analogy sweetheart. Breasts are soft tissue; testicles are solid. Maybe you should have your prostate checked.

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I am another one that just had her first mammogram and also mine didnt hurt..yes uncomfortable but hurt no and no pain..no bruising either..
Lee

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#196
Jun 17, 2014
 
Gloom and Doom wrote:
My wife told me they suck along time ago. Like crushing a t-i-t in a vice.
A "vise". Not a "vice".

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