I took this photo today while waiting for my mammogram. Women are invited for regular (free of charge) pap smears and mammograms in Sweden. I am sure this cuts costs in the long term because any problems are detected quite early. I know many women do not go because they feel uncomfortable, but the waiting rooms are always full anyway.

There is always an interesting atmosphere in these waiting rooms. Unusually for Sweden, people make eye contact and smile at each other. Perhaps in solidarity, perhaps out of genuine good will for good results for everyone. Everyone in the clinic I visit is there for routine checkups. People who have been referred by doctors go to another part of the building.

I wonder how often men are checked for breast cancer? It is not that common but it does happen. My uncle had it.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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