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What to Think When You Get a Call Back From a Mammogram

Updated on December 14, 2017
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Nell is a trained Psychologist and lives in London England. She has been writing since she was a child.

Cancer screening mammogram
Cancer screening mammogram

The first letter.

So you get that piece of paper through the post explaining that its your annual check up mammogram.

Oh lord. That word, Cancer pops into your head. But....

That's fine. You have had them before, no problem. But there is still that little niggle, what if? But of you trot to the clinic, go through the squash, squeeze and jiggle process.

You try to look to see what the clinician is doing, but its too far away. Anyway, you know its going to be okay, because it was before. Right?

Then they say, 'get dressed you can go, your results will be in the post in the next two weeks.'

Oh great, you think. That means two weeks of hell to the all clear.

But then.......

Panic attack
Panic attack

The second letter....then panic!

A letter pops through your letter box. Its a week later, but still....

You open it and....

Yikes! Its a call back! You get a call back for another 'follow up' mammogram!

What is this? I have never had this before, oh my God......!

Thoughts rush through your head. Panic settles in your stomach and you feel sick as a dog.

You notice that you feel a bit woozy so you sit down.

Then common sense kicks in. Don't be stupid. Plenty of people get this letter, don't they?

But that little voice does not stop. It starts telling you all sorts of insidious things. Like 'this is it, say goodbye' and 'I have too much still to do!'

Of course your brain doesn't tell you to shut the hell up and stop panicking. Or, you may get something but it can be cured.

Oh no. Too easy. Its just the dead way or the highway.

Then you start to scan the computer. Everything in Google that is possible to read about it, you read it.

And does it help? No, it just makes you feel worse.

In another world! hallucinating
In another world! hallucinating

On the Planet Org!

You can't sleep. You can't eat. And then it hits you. You look at your family and think, 'no, not yet, not yet!'

But then.....

You spot something on one of the sites. About how many women get those call back letters, and 'Did you know? The majority of women who get called back are actually fine, it was a blip, wrong photo, or something else.

And that's what you hold on to.

The one thing you do forget, is how your family is coping. They look great, getting on with their jobs, talking to you and trying to make you laugh.

But underneath they are as scared as you.

You have to carry on with your day. But all of a sudden it feels weird. The whole world feels strange.

Its rather like being dragged into another dimension, or the Planet Org, where things are slightly different, but in an odd sort of sameness. Even shopping or talking, eating or watching TV. It just seems so strange.

Then the day arrives. Finally!

Second mammogram at clinic/hospital
Second mammogram at clinic/hospital

And off we go!

There is a weird kind of relief in your stomach when you know 'this is it, either way'. You get in the car, don't hear what people are saying around you, and then there you are.

You have arrived at the hospital/clinic. After being ushered in, you take a seat among other scared looking women. And some who don't looks so frightened. Maybe they have been through it all before, and are either fine, or got so complacent they have just given in to their terror and switched off.

So what happens next?

First things first. You get taken in for another mammogram and the doctor explains what side is causing the problem. They then take a deep scan mammogram which is more powerful that the original one.

The good thing is that they explain everything as they go along. You then get asked to sit back in the waiting room for the next part of the examination.

By this time I was cacking myself. Till this point I believed, hoped, that it was just a wrong photo, or the machine hadn't worked the first time.

But that was not so.

They saw something on my right side!

Breast ultrasound scan
Breast ultrasound scan

By this time I was hyperventilating!

Next came the physical exam. Lay down, arm above my head, then to the side. Pushing, prodding, and then out came the scanning device.

Push prod, peer at the screen, then another wipe, prod and scan scan scan. They do your under arms too. As she said, 'Its standard procedure'.

By this time I was nearly in a state of despair and shock.

But then came the magic words.

'Well I don't think its anything serious!'

I felt the relief flow out of me like someone popping a huge balloon.

'What is it then? ' I turned to ask.

'Get dressed and come over and see.' Said the doc.

I quickly threw my clothes back on and scuttled over.

'See there?' she said, pointing at one set of photos.

'Yes.'

'That was three years ago, now this' she turned to the ones on the other screen.

'This is today. We have all looked at it intensely. The first mammogram, the hands on and the scan, and between all of us we agree that its a bruise inside your lower right breast.

Have you hurt yourself recently?' She turned to me.

I thought back quickly. Over the last few weeks I had been fine, but then....

'Yes! I tripped over the step and banged my breast and arm on the floor!'

She smiled.

'Well there it is. And when you come back in another 2 to 3 years, it won't be there!'

I smiled the biggest smile.

'I could kiss you!' I said to her. She laughed.

'Can I go?'

She smiled and said yes.

I leaped out of the door, and saw my sons face. So I smiled the biggest smile, did a little dance to make him laugh and gave him the thumbs up. The grin on his face said it all.

I was home free. Fingers crossed.This time, and hopefully for good.


'Something's can be as small as a pin prick!'

For anybody who has a return Mammogram letter to go to another follow up check, please try not to panic.

After researching the whole thing a million times I realised that the majority of patients who get a call back, are indeed, fine.

The nurses and doctors will have spotted something. But that something may only be a pin prick on the screen, or on your breast. They have to check its not on the outside too.

I had eczema, so there were a few dots and dashes that, when the doc saw them, she covered them with a plaster so that the other doctors would know what they were.

After the event when I had calmed down, whooped a few whoops and hugged everybody in the vicinity, I suddenly remembered one thing.

Just how caring and professional those guys were. Bless them!

Just getting on with life
Just getting on with life

In perspective..

Of course not all results for people going to these scans can be good results. Some people will be told that they have Cancer. What a nightmare.

I would just like to say, I think these women are so brave. Not just because they have the disease, but any disease that is so darn scary.

The trouble is, these days there is so much about it on tv, it can make you quake in your boots.

As someone else mentioned, 'too much info can make you feel worse!'

And its true! There are so many illnesses out there that can do as much, if not more, damage to your body. So seeing the whole thing in perspective is a good thing.

One last point........


It does do one thing though. It makes you wake up. Take stock of what you are doing and gets you moving. We get complacent in our everyday lives.

'I can't be bother too...'

'I won't go there because.......'

And so on.

Now I will do it. Everything I am about to say no to, I am going to say yes!

Well, all depending on what of course! lol!

© 2017 Nell Rose

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      Nell Rose 

      11 days ago from England

      Thanks again Shauna :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 days ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad yours turned out to be a bruise, Nell. It's comforting to know the medical professionals on whom we depend are diligent enough to have a second look.

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      Nell Rose 

      12 days ago from England

      I am sorry to hear about your friend Shauna. it can be daunting to have a call back but as you said it is okay.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      12 days ago from Central Florida

      Nell, I recently went through the same thing. I was called back for a deep spot mammo followed by an ultrasound. I wasn't nervous, tho. I have Atypical Hyperplasia in addition to having dense breast tissue. I'd been through this before on the left side. I'd also had a biopsy and two aspirations on the left side. For several years I had to have ultrasounds every six months. Been there, done that. However, this time it was on the right side. Still, I wasn't nervous. Well, not too much, anyway. As it turns out, I have a couple of tiny cists. Nothing to worry about. I need to have another ultrasound in six months just to be sure nothing has changed. Fortunately, there is no history of breast cancer in my family. That's a good thing.

      As you say, stay up on the lady checks. I just lost a friend this year who had breast cancer. She was only 31.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 months ago from England

      Thanks Peg, yes its pretty scary but well worthwhile to get it checked, and its good to get the good results.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh this is an important reminder is still on my "to do" list that I've been neglecting. Thanks for this. I'm so glad you got good news from your visit and follow-up. That time spent waiting gets so worrisome.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      Hi Jackie, Merry Christmas to you too xx

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      9 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Merry Christmas, friend, and the best new year ever!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 months ago from England

      Thanks Genna, yes it definitely puts things in perspective when you get scared stiff! lol! thank goodness we are both okay, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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      Genna East 

      9 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, my, Nell...this happened to me, but luckily it was just a tiny cyst. Such a scare really does move us into a kind of humility, and remembrance of what is important in our lives, as well as lending our support to our fellow women and sisters who were not as fortunate. Hugs, for this poignant hub, Nell. And Merry Christmas. :-)

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Peggy, yes it really does make your imagination go mad! lol!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The waiting part would be the hardest thing to bear. It lets the imagination run wild. I'm glad it turned out well for you.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Yes definitely too long! glad your friend is okay, and thanks as always Dianna.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      10 months ago

      Just had a friend receive a letter that caused her stress. Thank God everything turned out fine. The waiting time is always unbelievably long!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Venus, yes you do after the second one, thank goodness! lol! thanks for reading.

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      VenusPsychic 

      10 months ago from wales

      in uk you got results straight away ... but it is stressful anyway lol

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Yeah pretty Scary Kari, just glad it turned out okay. Thanks as always.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thank you Chris, and I am so sorry for your loss. and yes, I do know someone who refuses to go because she is scared, I will work on her. thanks

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 months ago from Ohio

      I'm so glad the news was good! You had me on the edge of my seat. As you say, too much information makes for too much worrying. And the weeks before you could go back. So much must have gone through your mind.

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      Chris Mills 

      10 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Nell, we lost Sandy to this terrible disease in the spring of 2008. I hesitated to mention it here, because your hub ends with good news. But I learned through the process that we can be so frightened of the news we might get that we neglect the screening that could catch it early. And there is an enormous difference between early and late detection with breast cancer. I really am thrilled that your testing revealed no malignancy.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Nikki !

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Chris, its one of those things that hover on the horizon of every womans thoughts, thank goodness it was fine, And I hope your wife is too.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Yeah fine thanks Alan, phew! fingers crossed, white rabbits....LOL!

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      Nikki Khan 

      10 months ago from London

      hahahaha,,good one Nell,,felt sad for those who are going through cancer.

      And had a laugh too as lots of information makes you feel a walking hospital full of all illnesses.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Bless you.

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      Chris Mills 

      10 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Bless you, Nell. I was relieved when I got to the end of your hub. I walked this road once with my wife. I’ve written from the heart about it. So glad all is well.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      10 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      We all need that peace of mind - before we get that piece of mind from our GP for not checking earlier! So you're safe then, Nell? Haven't been yet myself.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Devika, glad its done and over, it was pretty scary!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Linda, always good to see you.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Hi Barbara, I have heard of that before, not sure why or how people get them, glad you are okay though

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Hi Robin, yes I will be over shortly, and thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      So true Martie, we are just us, scared, happy, and then ecstatic when its okay!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Thelma, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Hi Alan, yes of course. And that horrible Asbestos, what a nightmare! sorry to hear that those industries that are supposed to be safe turned out to be not safe! here's hoping you are okay when you get checked :)

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks John, glad your wife is fine too. Its a terrifying time, but the relief when you know that you are fine, is amazing!

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      Devika Primić 

      10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A recall would make one feel stressed out. I am glad you shared your experience with us and that all is well with you. Important information for all woman.

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      Linda Crampton 

      10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that everything turned out well, Nell. It's good that you've shared your experience for other women to read.

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      Barbara Badder 

      10 months ago from USA

      I've been there. The first time I was scared to death, but now I quit worrying. They send a letter to come back in every time. I have a problem with cysts and it has been alright so far. Hopefully it stays that way.

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      Robin Carretti 

      10 months ago from Hightstown

      Yeseree I know this feeling the waiting process can get you crazy I get really nervous when you hear something thanks for the information and great pictures I have some new poems to read on my site when you have the time all the best

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      Martie Coetser 

      10 months ago from South Africa

      What a nightmare! Life is precious. Just half a chance that we may lose it makes us panic. I am so glad your experience ended on a positive note. Thanks for sharing! You have again confirmed the fact that you and all of us are normal.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      10 months ago from Germany

      I am glad, it turned out fine Nell. I had my mammography 2 years ago and it was really hurting. Gladfully, I didn´t get a callback. Those scary thoughts we had, brought as sleepless nights before the examination. Merry Christmas Nell and I hope you will have a happy New Year 2018.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      10 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Us lads aren't exactly left out of the fright margin either. There's things like pancreatic and prostate cancer (that took Bob Monkhouse, remember him). My uncle Ian had tinnitus that suddenly went. He thought he'd got a clean bill of health, then somewthing far worse came along. Asbestosis from working in the building trade in the 1950s, then heavy industry, lining furnaces with steatite bricks for blasting in the Bessemer converters. Grandad was taken by something similar, having done the same job through the war and into the 1950s. My Dad followed early in 2014, having worked an overhead crane in the steel industry. He'd had cataracts from working in extreme heat (they had to wear protective gear over their clothes against the heat from the furnaces. I never followed their footsteps, maybe that kept me out of trouble in that direction, although the big 'P' still lurks.

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      John R Wilsdon 

      10 months ago from Superior, Arizona

      You did a great job of summing up the fret involved in those examinations. My wife just went through a similar episode and she is fine. So happy all is well for you.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Elayne, great advice!

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      Elayne 

      10 months ago from Rocky Mountains

      I got a call back a few years ago. My mind immediately went to the worse-case scenario. Couldn't sleep, was preparing for my funeral, etc. After the second check, I was told I have very fibrous breasts - but I still got them (yeah). I'll still have my mammo every year and feel very sorry for those who get the bad news. I have had a few friends die from breast cancer and it seemed so avoidable - so please take care and get your checkups ladies!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Hiya Linda, now that would scare me to bits! always good to see you, and I hope you have a great Christmas!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      10 months ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Nell! I’m glad all is well. I received the callback 2 or 3 times...scared the heck out of me too! Save the tata’s!!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Miz, jeesh! scary stuff isn't it? good luck with your next mammo's, and thanks

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thank goodness you are okay too! it is totally unpleasant, just glad it turned out okay, thanks for reading and good to see you!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Dora, it was scary, but glad its all over now. thank you

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      Mary Norton 

      10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had this scare two years ago and this year, it is all okay. I only have to see the doctor two years from now. We kept it from our family as it is just more tests and we need to find out before telling anyone but it was not pleasant for my husband and some friends.

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      Dora Weithers 

      10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Happy that you're fine, Nell. Thank God! I was holding my breath walking through the ordeal with you. This is serious business, but in the end you give us some hope. Best to you, and all of us going forward.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Hi Flourish, that's awful! a guy can be as scared as a woman, it can be just as bad, glad you were okay, and thanks for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      I’m so glad you are okay, Nell! I had a call back the day after my exam a few years ago but it was not a problem. The woman on the phone was so kind and reassuring that they’d take great care of me. I didn’t tell anyone other than my husband until it was over. How terrifying. When I was there there was a young man who was undergoing a mammogram and had his mother there for support. She wasn’t very support live however because she just kept on telling him to buck up and at least he’s not female because we have to endure these mammograms every year, etc.

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      Ann Carr 

      10 months ago from SW England

      Exactly!!

      Ann

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Yes thanks Ann, after I got out yesterday I wooped and jumped! lol! spoke to everybody and even hugged a friend! I felt as light as air! I never realised just how scared I was till I wasn't any more!

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      Ann Carr 

      10 months ago from SW England

      I had a recall once and I was terrified. I didn't realise how terrified until I heard the nurse say, 'It's fine, just a fuzzy patch on the photo.' All the stress dissolved and I burst into tears! They were so understanding and consoled me; I felt a bit of an idiot but was assured that was normal.

      The lesson from that was that I never take anything for granted. I am generally healthy for my age and I love life. I can't imagine having to cope with cancer but I know now that I would fight it tooth and nail. I know many who show such amazing courage and they are the ones who stand a better chance of pulling through, it seems. Will power and hope are amazingly powerful influences.

      Thanks for bringing our attention to this, Nell. I hope all is well with you.

      Ann

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Kristen, yes its fine, but it was the waiting that drove me totally and nutilly insane! lol!

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      Kristen Howe 

      10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nell, thanks for sharing your experience. Hope all's well on your end. I've had my 2nd annual mammogram two months ago. I'm grateful that the tests came back normal, though my tissue was dense, due to being underweight.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Zulma, yes that is so true! drives ya nuts! thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Bill, I totally understand. I freaked myself out big time, but to be honest I knew I would over that! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Jackie, I will try that, thank you.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Thanks Frank, lol! I was climbing the walls!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      10 months ago from United Kingdom

      I'm glad it turned out all right for you, Nell. And you're right...too much information can be bad for you. :)

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      10 months ago from Beautiful South

      I know how you felt, Nell, because about 10 years ago I got that call back. Turned out it was only calcium deposits, thankfully. But I worried because cancer is so rampant in my family. I had one aunt who had breast cancer and survived, but colon cancer killed three of my relatives. Anyway, your hub is a wake up call for me because I realized that I haven't had a mammogram in too many years to mention. I did have one or two negative mammograms after the call back. I hope this article wakes up a few other women, too.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I recently had blood tests, routine test because, well, I'm 69 and probably should have them....and I spent a solid week fretting over those tests. Mind you I am perfectly healthy, but I was convinced that a disease would be discovered, and I actually had some stressful moments over that . . . that is a long-winded way of saying I totally get it. I know damned well I would have been stressed about that mammogram.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I know how you felt! The first time this happened to me I cried and was so distraught, but now I have had to go back a couple more times and it is because I have fibrous breasts. They want us to do mammograms every year over here but I have always had a two year rule (which I am reading many agree with) and I think that is really good if I am gonna get a double most times having to go back!

      So pleased you didn't have to deal with that big C. Keep lemon in your diet!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      Nell Rose it was stressful just reading this hub..

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