Connie Martschinske

In March 2014 I went in for an annual mammogram. At that time they found some calcifications so in April I had a biopsy done to remove the calcifications. When they did they found some cells that the results were not what they expected. In May 2014 my surgeon suggested I have the tissue removed because I had a 1 in 10 chance that it could be cancer. Well I ended up being the 1 and was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer. In June 2014 I went to see a cancer doctor and in August 2014 I started Radiation Therapy to kill any other cancers that could still be in there.
My surgeon told me in June 2014 that the only way this was caught is because of the mammogram I had done and the mammogram saved my life. The cancer cells were so small (size of powder sugar) that this would never have been caught by self exam or doctor exam. He said had I waited 2 years to have a mammogram that I would have been probably at Stage 3. I will now see my cancer doctor for the rest of my life and have mammograms done every 6 months. I am also on Tamoxifen to hopefully prevent cancer happening in the other breast.
I now let everyone women I know how important having a mammogram is and that it saved my life. Because of the mammogram I can now watch my 7 and 12 year old kids grow up.
Always pay attention to your body and what it is telling you. If something doesn’t seem right, now matter how small go and get it checked out because it could save your life.