This Better.TV story titled "Breast Cancer " is Calling all women to get mammograms.
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Audra Lowe: When was your last mammogram and if you can't remember or it's been that long, then we need to check and that's because Better and GE Healthymagination teamed up for a special series called the Pledge for Better Health. One of the most important pledges that a woman can make gets a mammogram. Dr. Jan Huston is a Breast Surgeon and Member of the Medical Advisory Council Susan G. Komen for the Cure, New Jersey. There is absolutely no excuse for not getting a mammogram right? Dr. Jan Huston: You are absolutely right Audra. There are international studies that show getting regular mammograms definitely decreases the death rate from breast cancer. Audra Lowe: All right, so we've got quite a few women here giving us their excuses, it's what, we'd love to know what you have to say after each one. Dr. Jan Huston: I love to take them on. Audra Lowe: All right, so here is our first one take a look. Female Speaker: I just don't have the time, I don't make the time. I guess I do have the time, but I just think, oh, it takes times you have to make appointment, go up there. It's just a busy life style and I guess polite excuse, I'm sorry. Audra Lowe: Well, there you have it, it's just too far, I don't have time, what do you have to say to that? Dr. Jan Huston: Well, today we are here in New York, so you can get sushi at 4:00 am I understand. So there is no excuse, but really anywhere at any hospital, at a freestanding radiology center mammograms are available readily. The mammogram itself only takes about 20 minutes, so that I don't have time issue, it's quicker than a haircut or highlights. Audra Lowe: Okay, exactly, okay we have another woman, let's take a look what she has to say. Female Speaker: I haven't gotten a mammogram because the doctor's have been booked solid. Audra Lowe: She says the doctor is booked, packed schedule, what do you say to that? Dr. Jan Huston: That can happen, you can call a center and they might not be available for three months, it's not horrible if you have to wait three months as long as you don't have a problem, obviously if you have a breast mass or some kind of concerns, see your private medical doctor and have them get you in sooner, but the answer to that again is schedule your mammogram when you leave from last year to be on the docket. Audra Lowe: Okay, all right another woman with another excuse. Female Speaker: Frankly I'm afraid, I don't really want to know, I am afraid of knowing and so I don't want to go get a mammogram. Audra Lowe: She says what a lot of women say, I just don't want to know the results, what do you say to that? Dr. Jan Huston: I say I think you really do want to know, it's kind of like having lettuce in your teeth or running in your stocking, you really do want to know, granted, a tooth pick is not going to fix it. Most of the time mammograms turn out to be totally normal, if they require extra views usually those turn up, but ought to be totally normal. If a biopsy is required most of the time it turns out to be benign and even if a small cancer is picked up, when it's picked up on mammogram alone, it is overwhelmingly curable often with minimal treatment. Audra Lowe: All right so here is one more. Female Speaker: It's just too expensive and I can't afford it. Audra Lowe: She says it's expensive with or without insurance it could be expensive right? Dr. Jan Huston: Not really. I mean with insurance the cost should be minimal and in women who are uninsured, once again no excuse, there are Federal Programs, you contact your local health department and they will stir you to a center where you can get a free mammogram. Audra Lowe: Okay, here is another woman let's take a look what she has to say. Female Speaker: There is no history of it in my family, so I just let it go, figured; well I'll get around to it, because nobody, none of the woman in my family had it, so... Audra Lowe: Again a familiar thing that we hear a lot, I have no family history, so why bother going, ri