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Why Stop Coffee + Chocolate Before A Mammogram

Wow! Wish I would have known this before my last 2 mammograms. The results of my last two mammo’s gave me major anxiety.

There was an “abnormal” finding and I had to go back for a second mammo, an ultra sound, AND a biopsy…only to find out that I had a cyst. Ugh! Very common for many women, SO…this is what I leaned in my research.

Dana Simpler, M.D., an internist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore recently shared this on iVillage. “Both chocolate and caffeine can stimulate breast cysts, which are not only tender when squished, but because they look `abnormal’ on a mammogram, they’ll require more testing with a repeat mammogram or ultrasound,” She adds, “That will ultimately show the abnormality is a fluid-filled sac and not cancerous, but it still costs you time, money and anxiety.”

Tell yourself Chocolate? coffee? it’s not leaving the planet! I can have it again, after my mammogram. Hope this information serves you.

love Annette, AKA the Yoga Nurse. OH and DO share the tip here with your women friends and loved ones.
 
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Nicole Costello

Good morning and thank you for the info. Just received a second 6 month recall for a mammogram and told this time not to have caffeine for 3 days prior to the test , with no additional info. I`ve been worried sick for a while until finding your info.Many thanks and best wishes, Nicole

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The Yoga Nurse™

Nicole, so happy to hear this info served you and helped to put you at ease. Best wishes back to you. xo Annette

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Nicole Costello

Good morning and thank you for the info. Just received a second 6 month recall for a mammogram and told this time not to have caffeine for 3 days prior to the test , with no additional info. I`ve been worried sick for a while until finding your info.Many thanks and best wishes, Nicole

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Shelly

Oh my gosh. I didn’t know you couldn’t have chocolate before my mammogram, only coffee. Will that ruin my test results then? I am a breast cancer survivor and do not want to go through any more anxiety than I have to.

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The Yoga Nurse™

Hi Shelly, DO check with your oncology provider regarding this, but here is more info- Hopkins says this.http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_bayview/medical_services/lab_and_imaging_services/patient_education_procedure_information.html
What to do before the exam?

Hopkins says “If you drink caffeinated sodas and coffee, try to decrease your caffeine intake for two weeks before the mammogram. You do not have to stop all caffeine before a mammogram.”

In some women, caffeine-containing products (such as coffee, cola, and chocolate) could make the breasts more tender and thus the test more uncomfortable.

Again, Check with your medical provider :) You’re going to be fine. Hugs!

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Adrienne

I had a mammogram 2 weeks ago and they called and said I need a comparison done and and ultrasound. I am a nervous wreck! However I am a huge huge caffeine drinker. This ad has eased my mind alot. Thank u

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