May 26, 2009....
Today I went to the OBGYN for a checkup. My OB is not your typical OBGYN, but a speciality one - oncology.
Although, my initial reason for going to her was not the happiest, I have really grown to respect and admire her throughout the years.
It's been about 5 years since diagnosed and today she suggested I meet with a genetic counselor. Apparently, there is a strong correlation between women under 50 with endometrial cancer and colon cancer.
Initially, the conversation went from her 'suggesting' I go, to 'strongly recommending' I meet with her because of my family history with breast cancer (2 out of 3 sisters).
I guess I can see the sound rationale behind this for the endometrial/colon connection because colonoscopies are not performed annually like a mammogram. However, breast genetic testing I'm not that sure about.
As I said to my doctor, do I want to know if I'm going to die of breast cancer in 10 years? I could be hit by a car tomorrow and the unnecessary worrying will be for nothing.
Today, mammograms are performed on routine basis and with preventive care, can be detected early. However, would you still have a mastectomy 10 years in advance to avoid the possibility of cancer?
In the ten years, couldn't a change in diet, exercise and/or environment alter the results of the test and the mastectomy would have been performed unnecessarily?
Other questions pop in to my head, such as:
Would you worry all the time about the fear of having cancer?
Would you take more risks knowing your time is limited?
Would you be an optimist or pessimist with this news?
Would you eliminate the unnecessary drama from your life; or
just create more by knowing?
I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but I do plan on calling her.