There are countless reasons why women may put off getting a mammogram – from nervousness and fear of diagnosis to self-consciousness, body image concerns or simply not wanting to make time in their schedules.
Dr. Jennifer Carney, chief of the division of hematology and oncology for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, knows the reasons all too well, especially when it comes to being a bit nervous. “I think it’s a very common feeling that we women have, and I’ve had it myself,” she explains. Dr. Carney also knows that regular screening, early detection and intervention can literally save lives.
When it comes to breast health, getting a mammogram and knowing where you stand health-wise, give you choices, options, and power.
Dr. Carney encourages all women to get their mammograms. “I love to be able to tell women, it’s about being empowered, and whatever you want to do, your doctor will support you,” she says. “I’m not the boss. My patients and I work together, and we’re a team with the nurses, the medical assistants, the radiologists, the surgeons.”