The reason I am giving this info about myself is to encourage blogging gals to get annual mammograms. Odd's are, I don't even have cancer, but if I do, it will be in the early stages so I'll get the biopsy next Tuesday and go from there. I am 52yrs old, and cancer has murdered several precious family members of mine, so cancer is the enemy, I want you and I to always be prepared to beat it down. [That is not my breast above, mine is not that perky unfortunately]
Tues Dec 2, 2008 - I had a regular mammogram screen.
Thurs Dec 11, 2008 - I had a magnified mammogram.
Magnification views (enlarged mammograms of a particular part of the breast) are sometimes recommended to get a better picture of the quantity, shape, closeness, and arrangement of microcalcifications. If magnification views reveal additional smaller microcalcifications clustered with those visible on the regular mammogram, the likelihood of cancer increases. When suspicious microcalcifications appear on a mammogram, but no lump is felt, a needle localization biopsy is recommended, so that breast tissue can be removed and examined under a microscope by a pathologist.
Tues Dec 16, 2008 - Biopsy scheduled.