There's nothing worse than the lab technician telling you that he or she has found something unusual on your mammogram results and that they will need to be looked at further. This can send you into a flurry of worry about the fact that you might have breast cancer and how you are going to cope. Here are some tips for keeping your fears under control while you are waiting for the final results of your mammogram.
1. Remember That There are a Lot of False Positives
There are a lot of false positives when it comes to breast cancer screening. Between 1994 and 2009, there were 2,207,942 breast cancer screenings. Of those screenings, 2,025,602 ended up being negative. This left 182,340 positive breast cancer screenings. Of those, 159,448 were false positives that needed more imaging. This means that 87% of all of the mammograms that were sent in for more diagnostic imaging did not have any cancer at all. This is really good news if you had to be sent in for more imaging because it means that there is a good chance that you don't actually have breast cancer and will not have to deal with the problem.
2. Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to your OBGYN about the precise steps that are going to be taken. He or she is likely going to tell you that your mammogram results will be sent to a lab for further analysis and that you will receive the results within a short period of time. If it looks like something was found, then a biopsy will be performed to confirm. Otherwise, you are good to go. Feel confident that if you need to have a biopsy done that many doctors will fast-track you and make sure that you get it done as soon as possible. This will reduce the overall amount of time that you will have to stress.
3. Don't Search for Breast Cancer on the Internet
Don't search for breast cancer or anything else likely to stress you out about your possible diagnosis. There is a ton of information on the Internet, and not all of it is correct. This can result in you learning information that is very distressing to you but not actually true. Instead, rely on your doctor for any questions that you might have.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in mammography, such as Women's Care Inc.Share