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Movin' on with Nellie: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 9th, 2013

The loudest reason that women don’t get a mammogram for early detection of breast cancer is, “It hurts too much.”

I thought I would find out for myself if that judgment was still true or not. I remember my first mammograms made me cry despite the technician being very careful with my mammoth-sized mammary glands. I watched as they were laid on a shelf and squeezed as if in some ancient medieval torture rack.

But I am so happy to report that these days of tears and torture are gone.

At the Stephanie L. Miner Women’s Imaging Center on the first floor of the regional hospital in Alamosa, I found out just how advanced the new technology has come. The room where I was screened was happily decorated and very private. The digital mammography equipment was clean and not the metal structure I remember. It was right away more of an invitation than the ones before.

For the complete article see the 10-09-2013 issue.

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