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Sandra's brave decision to finally get a baseline mammogram has a promising endinga healthy breast report! "The story is much bigger than the fact that it's normal," Dr. Oz says. "Especially in a mammogram, the most beautiful part of the whole story is you have a baseline. If we know what your unique look is in your breasts, then we actually know five years down the road that that new thing we're seeing is different from what it used to be."

"I should have went a long time ago instead of bringing 50 million people with me," Sandra says. But because Sandra saw breast cancer take her mother's life, she needed convincing to take the first step. "I watched a woman deteriorate in front of my eyes, and I just didn't want to do that to my children."

Dr. Oz says if we can overcome the intimidation or fear, the more we know about our bodies, the better our overall prognosis will be. "When you're on a plane and you're bouncing around a little bit, you don't want to go up to the cockpit and see what's going on, right? Because it's scary to you. You figure someone else will take care of it," he says. "You've got to be the driver of your ship. You've got to be the world expert on your body. Not knowing if you've got the problem is not going make it any better. It actually makes it more difficult for [doctors] to help."
FROM: Dr. Oz Viewer Interventions
Published on January 01, 2006


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