Today, begins my first-person experience with breast cancer screening beyond self-exam.  I have no idea what to expect during my first mammography at Atlantic Medical Imaging today.  But I know early detection is key, so it's worth peace of mind.

**What does it really feel like to have a mammogram? Comment below.





Mammograms save lives.  Approximately 39,000 deaths in 2011 were attributed to breast cancer.  Now, at the age of 36 I begin formal routine screenings to determine my breast health.  I understand that there may be discomfort, but that inconvenience is what keeps some women from going through with the process.  I have no history of breast cancer on either side of my family, and you may not either, but that doesn't mean we are exempt.

Early detection is they key.

Don't let fear keep you from exploring a check-up with your doctor.  For more information in screenings visit .