With the breast cancer awareness campaigns going strong, it brings out the concern of many women who take heed to the advice and go forward with the appropriate screening appointments. There are those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have moved forward with having a lumpectomy and in other cases, some have moved forward with the surgery to remove their breasts only to find that they did not have breast cancer at all. As you will see, due to the progress in screening devices which can pick up on cancerous tumors not found by self examination, the progress also comes with the complications of determining where some cells are actually cancerous. Therefore, it is very important to have a second opinion.
However, as explained in the video below by Mayo Clinic's Dr. Sandhya Pruthi there is a need to understand the purpose of screening mammography as wel as the risks and benefits.
While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme - cancer changes our lives forever.