MAMMOGRAMS. NOT SAFE ENOUGH!
by Giroux on February 9, 2015 - 8:47pm
On October 15th, 2011, the article ʺThe Cancer Risk Factor You’ve Probably Never Heard ofʺ written by Stephanie Sy and Cara Lemieux was published by abc News. The article relates the story of JoAnn Pushkin and Nancy Cappello who are two women of 40 years old. The two of them were doing annual mammograms and self-exams every month on their breasts as it is recommended by the doctors. The two of them, one day, while they were doing their self-exam found a lump on their breasts. They immediately went to pass a mammogram. They were told everything was perfect so they did not have to worry about the lump. However, the two of them were still worried and they asked for more advanced tests. Mrs. Pushkin was diagnosed with a grade two breast cancer and Mrs. Cappello with a grade three breast cancer. They learned afterwards that their doctor knew they had higher risks to have a breast cancer because their breasts were dense. Although, their doctors knew it and could have told them before so they could have taken more precise tests for a certain amount of money, doctors are not allowed to tell this kind of things to their patients.
In my family, two members were diagnosed with a grade two breast cancer in the same situation than Mrs. Pushkin and Mrs. Cappello. I perfectly understand the feeling they had when the doctors told them the mammograms did not detect anything. The two of knew something was wrong because the lump they felt on their breasts was not there before. Nevertheless, the only thing they could do is to ask for more advanced tests. This is where it becomes though to find the words to reassure those people you love that everything will be alright. Such as Mrs. Pushkin and Mrs. Cappello, to learn that your doctor knew you had more chance to have a breast cancer, but that he cannot tell you, it is unacceptable. Everybody should be aware of the risks they have to be diagnosed with a cancer, mainly when people could have asked for more advanced tests that would have detected the cancer in an early grade. As a society, we have to make it change.
Hopefully, Mrs. Pushkin, Mrs. Cappello and my two family members are cancer survivors.