Don’t discard mammography
Re: Mammograms outdated, potentially harmful (Oct. 17)
I am a breast cancer survivor of 2009. This cancer was not detected by clinical or self-examination, but by a mammogram. The biopsy and pathology results confirmed this cancer had already invaded the sentinel (guard) lymph node on the respective arm. After three surgeries, three chemotherapy treatments and 20 radiation treatments, I am still here.
Until the innovative arm of diagnostic imaging and medical research presents a less radioactive test than a digital mammogram, I will continue to follow through with annual mammograms. Both self/clinical examinations and mammograms are important. The one truth I have learned with my mammogram of 2009 is this: not all breast cancers are palpable.