August 22, 2007 Edition

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A wake-up call

Angie Skimahorn
Online Editor

I, like most people, hate to go to the doctor. I don't go for routine check ups, but if I'm sick, I will go. During a recent visit, my doctor read me the riot act for not taking better care of myself and scheduled me for all the routine exams I'd been neglecting.

I was relieved that I had five more years to wait before I had to start routine mammograms. Relief was short-lived when a lump was found during my exam. I went Monday morning and had my first mammogram. It wasn't as bad as I believed it would be. Yes, it was uncomfortable, but not painful.

Since I had a problem, there was a doctor on hand waiting to read my results so that I could have further testing if needed. The doctor requested an ultrasound of the "suspicious area." The ultrasound was performed immediately and the images were taken back to the doctor for further evaluation.

The doctor visited with me and assured me that he doesn't think I have cancer, but the area is solid he said I should have a biopsy to be on the safe side.

I'm sure this scare will turn out to be nothing, but it did serve as a wake-up call. I will no longer neglect checkups or routine exams. I hope you don't either.

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