I had my final post-pardum doctor appointment last week (from my final surrogacy). I had an interesting conversation with my doctor that I thought I would share.
We were talking about my walking in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure® walk in November. Now my doctor is very laid back and not prone to excitement. So when he lit up and started ranting about the changes in health insurance, I paid attention.
He explained the changes in policy relating to mammograms. Apparently, under the new health plan, women won’t be covered for mammograms until they are 50 years old. He explained that by this age, the cure rate is drastically decreased and a woman’s prognosis is much worse than if she was screened and a potential cancer was caught earlier. Please note: This is my doctors educated opinion that I am sharing. Please consult your own doctor if you have questions!
The entire conversation made me laugh. Just to see how passionate my OBGYN was about this topic made me pause and think about it. I actually came home and tried to research the “Obama Care” policy so that I could blog about it and share it with you. Honestly, it made my head spin! I could not find the health care plan explained in plain English. Everything was either governmental speak or opinion. I was able to find an article at www.Komen.org that helped explain early mammography screenings that was a little easier to understand. Basically it says this:
Mammography in women 40 to 49 saves lives.
Yeah, that was enough for me!
I’m not even 40 yet (just a few very short years to go). But my doctor recommended that I go ahead and get screened…while I still can. Otherwise, it will be 12 years before I can have the test again. I decided that since I will be walking The 3-Day walk and devoting the next 17 weeks to promoting treatment and prevention of breast cancer, then I ought to do what I need to do to keep myself healthy as well.
If you are in your 40’s (or like me, very close) I encourage you to talk to you doctor and see if a mammogram might be a good idea for you, too. My appointment is August 10th and I’ll be back to tell you how it went.