Fear prevents many women from getting a mammogram. But, missing a problem can prove scarier than any physical pain or imagined result. FOX19's Tricia Macke offers reassurance, taking viewers along for her very first mammogram.
Typically, experts advise women between the ages of 35 and 40 to get a mammogram. However, the 33-year-old Macke shares a family history of breast cancer. With a doctor's consent, she journeyed into a medical room at St. Luke Hospital."What we're going to do is take four films," started the nurse. "I'll position you and then the compression paddle will come down and it will get tight. Okay? But, as I position you, I'll explain everything."
Except for a few very tight squeezes, the visit proved quick and easy. A couple of days later, radiologists assured Macke of a clear record.