What I Wish I’d Known About Mammogram Callbacks - After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

What I Wish I’d Known About Mammogram Callbacks

— Gina Rich. ABCD Board Secretary

October 28, 2021

Here’s what you should know if you’re on the receiving end of such a call (and it doesn’t involve Dr. Google)

Because my mother and maternal aunt had breast cancer, I had my first screening mammogram relatively early, at 36. After the exam, the technician told me to expect a letter in the mail in about a week if everything looked normal.

But two days later, an unfamiliar number popped up on my phone. “This is the imaging center,” said a calm voice when I answered. “We need you to come back for some additional views.” Suddenly my stomach churned as if I’d swallowed a beaker full of acid. What, exactly, had showed up on my mammogram?


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