A recent survey found that an astounding 90 percent of women either over- or underestimate their lifetime risk of breast cancer. When asked, another 40 percent said they had never discussed breast cancer risk with a physician. That's seems like a great deal of ignorance for a topic that's gotten so much attention and "awareness."
Can you imagine the whining we would hear if men had to screen for testicular cancer by having their balls put in machine that compresses them like pancakes? Most women I know have some sort of a mammogram anxiety story, even if they are lucky enough not to have had any experience with breast cancer.
There have been many bad days in my life... and many, many more good ones. But when I look back, I realize the worst day of my life was not the day, seven years ago, when I learned I had breast cancer (though that was a terrifying day, indeed). It wasn't the day my mother died, or my father died. But the worst day of all was the day I had to tell my children that I had cancer.