Monday, July 28, 2008

Would this encourage more mammograms?

There was a story recently about how applying an anesthetic gel to the breast would numb the breast against pain from a mammogram.

I've had a couple of mammograms and while I can't say they're at the top of my list of fun things to do, they aren't all the comfortable either. I know of some women who say that they're quite painful, yet others breeze right through it without a problem. Unfortunately, the ones that do have pain will hold off having another one if possible, and many women don't get a mammogram because of what they think may be painful - or is that really the case?

I think that if we have a method of helping reduce pain, we should use it. Interestingly, the study found that taking Tylenol or Advil before the mammogram did not reduce pain - only the gel did. But I wonder if the fear of pain really does keep women from having mammograms - especially the first one. Could it be that there is a lot more to it? I think so.

I think the reasons are too numerous to list but here are the ones I think are the most common:

- the "I'm fine, I don't need it" syndrome
- the "it's just another way to get women in to pay for tests" thinking
- the "I'm too busy" mindset
- the "I can't afford it" reason (a very real one in the US)
- the "I'm not sticking my boob to be squished in between two metal plates, whether it's good for me or not" camp.
and finally:
- the "I don't want to and you can't make me" group.

All joking aside, it is true that women have any number of excuses not to get a mammogram. Too bad they don't spend less time defending their stance than going to get it done.

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Crabby McSlacker said...


Anything that would make a mammogram more comfortable would be welcome. But I'm not sure a topical thing would help much, as the pain seems to go much deeper than that from all the squishing involved!

Clare2e said...

I'd love if they could find a way to make it effective and less awful. I just hate it and prefer a dental visit- really.