Happy Belated Halloween!
Friday was a great day for fun. Little princesses and cowboys begging for candy and grown-ups telling ghost stories...
As radiologists who are used to sitting in dark rooms all the time, it takes a lot to spook us! We ain’t afraid of the dark… We are afraid of some things though. So in honor of Spookiness Fest 2014 we list a few of our scariest things:
- Skipping your annual mammogram! Fear, lack of knowledge of risk, denial - all can be scary reasons to keep women from getting screening that can save a life. Let a compassionate technologist hold your hand through the process. Know that if you have breasts you are at risk. Come to a place that will give you your results immediately so you don’t have to fret.
- Ignoring unusual changes in your breasts. If something feels wrong, get it checked out. Lumps, skin changes like puckering, nipple changes, nipple discharge or leaking - all may be from benign, non-cancerous changes - but we can’t be for sure until you are evaluated.
- Thinking one cigarette won’t harm you. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths and disease in our country. Cigarettes bring carcinogens of many types into your body, doing damage to your lungs, your blood vessels, your GI tract - your whole body. Don’t start smoking, and get help to quit if you do. If you have a long smoking history, see if you qualify for screening with low-dose CT.
- Skipping out on doctor’s appointments. Being healthy requires vigilance. We doctors love to take care of people - we aren’t scary. Illness is.
- Ignoring or not knowing your numbers. Know your resting heart rate, your body weight and BMI (get up off the couch! french fries don’t count as veggies!), your blood pressure, your cholesterol and glucose levels. If they are in the green zone - great! If they are in the scary zone, your medical team can help you fix it!
Missing opportunities to take care of yourself - that’s what we find scary! We love our patients and love to see them love themselves. When you take a stand for your best possible health, there’s nothing to be afraid of!
PS That’s a picture of us… after a long day in the reading room at our office...we promise we aren’t usually that scary!
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Originally published 11/3/14 on diagnosticimagingcenterskc.com.