What cultural group of you part of? Does this influence how you feel about your breasts?
In your culture do you believe women are forthcoming in having tests done & speaking with heathcare workers about their breast health?
Do any beliefs discourage you from speaking medical attention? (don’t want to undress in public, your husband must be present if you are going to undress, etc.)
Do you think you beliefs about personal space effect you having specfic exams (mammograms done)?
Would it make a difference to you if it were a man or a women technologist performing the exam?
Do you have any beliefs that make you reluctant to touch your own breasts to perform a breast self examination?
If you required a mastectomy would that be approved of by your religion, family, friends? Would it affect your status as a women in your social group?
Is there a social structure that effects what decision you may make about health care?
Anything else that would make you more comfortable during such an exam?
I’m from the eastern part of the U.S and Yes, I feel women take appropriate measures to get their breasts examined.
Explain how a health insurance company may benifit financially if it were to encourage breast cancer screening?
HOW WOULD A HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY BENEFIT FINANCIALLY IF IT WERE TO ENCOURAGE ITS SUBSCRIBERS TO TAKE CONFIDENTIAL TESTS FOR BREAST CANCER SUSCEPTIBILITY. Oops sorry for the caps!
Easy, they would catch the cancer before it would get worse and spreading… saving on chemo and radiation costs, saving on surgery and implants saving on wig costs and medication for 5 years…
They’d save so much money by simply screening.
i was just wondering if i should make an apt with my ob-gyn or my general practitioner for breast related health concerns (it’s not really important what they are)
As long as the concern is not just cosmetic ( too big, too small, etc) then OB/GYN would be right.
I’m 20 (almost 21) and have a strong family history of breast cancer. I lead a really healthy lifestyle (I don’t drink or smoke, I eat healthy, and I work out regularly). My mom thinks I need to start getting mammograms NOW, but everything I’ve read says that it is highly unusual to do so. Is this something I should talk to my gynecologist about? Also, my aunt’s gynecologist recommended that all of the women in our family get tested for a gene related to issues with our ovaries…how do I bring this up with my doc? Lastly, has anyone out there got tested for BRCA1 and BRCA2…I’m not worried about a blood test, but I have mixed feelings about doing it. I guess I’m not really sure I want to know if I have the gene or not.
Sorry I’m rambling, just a little confused right now.
Just an added fact…I also do monthly BSE’s (I have since I was 17).
I’ll start out by saying that getting regular mammograms can’t hurt. There’s no downside, other than inconvenience. Even though you’re young and lead a very healthy lifestyle, if you’re as genetically prone as you indicate, then your lifestyle won’t make that much of a difference.
How old are the women in your family when they get breast cancer? Any of them close to your age? If they were all under fifty, then you should probably start going in for mammograms in the next few years because that does indicate a genetic link.
I have a strong incidence of cancer in my family, too. My grandmother had cervical cancer in her early 30s, breast cancer in her mid-70s, and breast cancer AGAIN in her early 80s. My cousin died of colon cancer in her 40s after living with the disease for five or six years. Her mother, my great aunt, had breast cancer in her 50s and lived. When you go back another generation to my great-grandmother and her three sisters, three out of four of them had cancer. So, even though I am only 25, I’m genetically at risk more so than the general population, which is why I get checked.
I respect that you don’t want to know if you have the gene, but you could be saving yourself a lot of time and anguish by finding out now.
I really need a breast reduction but I’m not sure how much if any my insurance is going to cover…what symptoms do you generally need to have to have the surgery deemed necessary, and if it is necessary how much does insurance generally cover?
it really depends on your insurance. each have different criteria. i was a 32DDD/E and was denied by 2 insurances saying i wasn’t big enough. when i got approved, my plan covered 80%. so i paid deductible and 20%.