Years ago, I remember reading in my medical insurance booklet that one mammogram would be covered between the ages of 35-40 and thinking that I should take advantage of this benefit to get baseline images of my breasts, should I experience any problems in the future. At that time, a college friend had been diagnosed, at age 34, with breast cancer. But I've been so distracted the past few years with infertility, pregnancy losses, pregnancy, and, praise God, parenthood, that it completely slipped my mind until recently. Suddenly, age 40 seems right around the corner--well, 16 months from now anyway!
Now that I am not pregnant or breastfeeding, the timing for such an exam proved perfect. I went to Capital Breast Care Center, with a convenient location on Capitol Hill, last week, and the staff were friendly and professional. I highly recommend this center. The procedure was uncomfortable, but not painful, and it took not even an hour of my time. Thinking about and staying on top of my long-term health and wellness suddenly seems much more important now that I have a little one.
Have you had a mammogram? At what age did you get your first one? What was your experience?
Disclosure: No one associated with Capital Breast Care Center has any idea that I wrote this post--all opinions are my own. Happy National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!