Done and over with
Monday August 17th 2015, 9:11 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

I had crossed off the word grandmother where it listed family history on the check-in form and the technician asked me about that.

“It was my great-grandmother. My sister corrects me that it wasn’t breast cancer, it was colon cancer.” (As much as anyone can tell from 107-year-old accounts and the fact that our grandmother was eight when her mother died.)

I asked her to be careful–“I don’t want *you* to get squished.”

“Oh, it’s happened.” A rueful chuckle.

And then, “Your doctor will let you know the results in a day or two.”

A mammogram before age 40 with no history of breast cancer in her family either saved my sister-in-law’s life a few years ago. Don’t put it off.

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And also the colonoscopy at the appropriate age for your history. I had to start early – my dad died of colon cancer and they start you 10 years ahead of that. But for a long time now I’ve felt very secure that my risks are low because we have kept a good eye on it.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.18.15 @ 6:48 pm

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