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    still overdue for pap. sigh.

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    Check for what exactly? Is there a general medical check up I should specifically be getting?

    I get my paps on time, I get full blood counts done every so often. Blood pressure checked whenever I go to the GP for anything. Dentist I go to annually.

    Skin checks are where I am slack. I don't have a lot of miles or freckles but I do need to get in the habit of getting them checked/scanned regardless.

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    I literally had mine 2 weeks ago, my SIL best friend was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at 33 ( she has a 1 year old) so I made my 2 SIL and sister and me all have mammograms , full blood tests and general check ups , I was fine , my sister found out she's vitamin b12 deficient and both SIL have low iron , all of us had clear mammograms which was great but have all made a note to remind each other to book one in every 2 years ( one SIL is only 36 and her Dr said she's too young to worry about mammograms but thankfully, because of her friend she insisted )

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    Only yesterday I had a full blood evaluation and a mammogram. Next week I'm booked for a full skin check. In July my Pap smear is due and in December I'm due for a colonoscopy. My daughter only has me and I'm over 50 so I get it all done.

    I started getting annual blood tests at 40. I get colonoscopies because my Dad had bowel cancer at 44. you can do the "blood in the poo" check - the kit is around $10 from the chemist and it's super easy.

    must book the dentist as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    I literally had mine 2 weeks ago, my SIL best friend was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at 33 ( she has a 1 year old) so I made my 2 SIL and sister and me all have mammograms , full blood tests and general check ups , I was fine , my sister found out she's vitamin b12 deficient and both SIL have low iron , all of us had clear mammograms which was great but have all made a note to remind each other to book one in every 2 years ( one SIL is only 36 and her Dr said she's too young to worry about mammograms but thankfully, because of her friend she insisted )
    I always thought mammograms were ineffective on younger women because the breast tissue is too dense? Genuine question. I have always thought it wasn't possible until a certain age - unless something has changed recently?

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    I always thought mammograms were ineffective on younger women because the breast tissue is too dense? Genuine question. I have always thought it wasn't possible until a certain age - unless something has changed recently?
    Over 40 is the recommendation from breast screen Australia unless there is history in the family, (it's also a free service and no referrals needed) the lady that did my SIL (she's 36) said she thinks the base age should be reduced to age 35 , her friend ( who was diagnosed at 33) said her GP thought her lump was just a cyst and didn't recommend a mammogram either because of her age but thankfully she insisted and the mammogram hopefully saved her life - they basically say under 40 self check monthly and GP exam yearly then after 40 mammogram every 2 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnygirl79 View Post
    I always thought mammograms were ineffective on younger women because the breast tissue is too dense? Genuine question. I have always thought it wasn't possible until a certain age - unless something has changed recently?
    my doctor told me ultrasounds were more effective before 50 and mammograms after.

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    I had full bloods done recently. I had a mammogram and breast ultrasound too. But I am due for my pap smear, and really need to find a doctor in our area to get that done. I have a great GP whom I see for everything but I can't go to him for that. I just wouldn't be comfortable. But this is a timely reminder for me to get off my butt and get it sorted. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by beancounter View Post
    my doctor told me ultrasounds were more effective before 50 and mammograms after.
    Can we get ultrasounds even if there is no lump? I get the impression that so many young women die because they don't discover it until it's a sizeable lump and quite advanced. I was discussing this subject with my DH recently - his cousin just got diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and she is in her 30s with 3 young kids. I am terrified of breast cancer more than anything else, if there is a way to detect it earlier I want to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blossom74 View Post
    I had full bloods done recently. I had a mammogram and breast ultrasound too. But I am due for my pap smear, and really need to find a doctor in our area to get that done. I have a great GP whom I see for everything but I can't go to him for that. I just wouldn't be comfortable. But this is a timely reminder for me to get off my butt and get it sorted. Thank you
    I feel the same way about my GP. Have had a couple paps with him but so uncomfortable. I just had my OB do one after the birth of my son and I barely felt a thing! She was so much more gentle. Try find a female doc if you can, in my experience they are more gentle.


 

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