If you are 40 or older you should be getting an annual mammogram. I just had my annual mammogram. It was actually a fun experience! I met a lovely doctor and she gave me some delicious chocolates and gave me a couple of the office fashion magazines. It is not at all painful=that is a myth! It goes quickly and you get your results right away. Luckily, I am perfectly fine!! 🙂 If you have a medical history of breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer in your immediate family, you should start even sooner! You need to take responsibility for your own health as the Government and Employers want to pay as little as possible to cover your health. I didn’t have a medical history as I am adopted and just found out last year that my birth mother died in 2009 at age 63 of breast cancer! Despite the mammograms, the cancer was too aggressive to be stopped at the point of diagnosis. That information was vital and yet I didn’t have any access to my medical history until just last year.
The reason for this delay in knowledge has to do with the carelessness and strict rules of the Catholic Adoption Agency. Despite my information being available and her endless search to find me, they withheld the information on purpose! She wanted to meet me before she died and that did not happen because of the Adoption Agency. Hence, I have many issues with the Catholic Church and its ridiculous man-made laws! Despite everything, I discovered an amazing half sister. 🙁
If you are not insured, there are many medical centers that grant free mammograms to women.
Harvey Weinstein did a wonderful deed making this film! Although it was too late for me, it isn’t too late for scores of others to find their birth parents and obtain their medical history!