Cancer Lesson #72: Don’t ignore the lump.
Each year when I go for my annual mammogram, I get a little nervous. Some breast cancer survivors find follow-up tests very distressing, but I always feel better after being checked. Ignoring a problem rarely makes it go away, especially when that problem is cancer.
If you’ve had breast cancer, you know people like to share their own close calls.
“I had a lump once,” they’ll say. “I was really worried, but it turned out to be nothing.”
Those are the good stories.
We also hear the other, not good stories. At least one person has told me “If I’d gone to the doctor when I first found my lump, my cancer wouldn’t have been so advanced by the time it was treated.”
The most heartbreaking of all was the man who said, “If my wife had gone to the doctor right away, she’d probably still be alive.”
You may be thinking I made that last one up.
I wish you were right.
So, here’s Cancer Lesson #72, repeated because it’s so important: Don’t ignore the lump, no matter where it is or how small.
If I’d ignored mine, I’d still have cancer, just more widespread and, oh yeah, more likely to kill me.
Thanks. I’ll take that mammogram.