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sherm80 posted:
I am a 60 yr old woman, healthy, active, and have always had normal breast exams, mammographies. Is it still procedure to have this done annually, or can every two yrs be sufficient, in your opinion?
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rachael67 responded:
It is my understanding that breast exams and mammograms are an annual event. The pap test routine has been changed. Depending on your life-situation, it may not be necessary yearly..

Best to double check with your personal physician.

Stay healthy, active and happy!!

Blessings.
Rachael
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jenna291 replied to rachael67's response:
I've been told once a year for the mammograms. Pap test is now every 2 years. I am 56. If they tell you to go for those mammograms then I say just do it. Whatever it takes to stay healthy. I too was an active, healthy woman following a fairly good diet, etc. and always normal tests, then ended up with bc. Not that you will, but anything preventative or to catch something early is a plus.
 
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mhall6252 responded:
The older we get, the higher our risk of breast cancer. So yes, don't go skipping those mammograms. And be sure to do monthly self-exams, too. That is how I found my breast cancer in June 2010 at the age of 60. Some tumors are so aggressive that they can develop and spread in a matter of a couple of months. Trust me on this. Others are slow-growing and can be non-issues for years. There's no way to tell what might pop up. So please be diligent!
Michelle
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