Mammograms: Uncomfortable but not painful

Submitted by A Su Salud on April 8, 2013 - 9:34am

Many times Shurite De La Pena was told to get a mammogram. She was afraid it would be painful. At 48 she got her first one. Now she feels getting a mammogram is important.

When doctors told her she needed a mammogram she would think “I’m not going to go. I’m okay.” She explained, “I didn’t want to hear about it.” De La Pena’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer but still De La Pena did not want to go.

Then De La Pena was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Her doctors told her she needed a mammogram before they could continue treatment. Even so, she was not sure about getting a mammogram “It was my first one. I was so nervous and so scared. I didn’t know what to expect. I just thought it would be painful because it’s the breast.”

She got her first mammogram with the University Health System digital mammography units. Digital mammograms are quicker than other mammogram units and give the doctor a better picture of the breast. De La Pena felt it was uncomfortable but not painful. She had a positive experience, “Here they explain everything. It was a good experience for me.”