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Medical Edge: Son Prompts Mom to Get Mammogram

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- For many fans, football is about food, fun and family time.

But just a few months ago Kelly Bigham found out just what else football can be about and it all started with her son Calvin.  Calvin is 12-years-old and in the 6th grade.

Kelly Bigham said, "In October he first started talking about it and he'd say, 'You really need to go mom, when are you going to make the appointment?'  And that is what really made me finally call and make the appointment."

That appointment was for early detection of breast cancer, which Kelly made after Calvin started saying the same thing to her for several weeks.

"I said mom, you should go get a mammogram, because it could be really important to you."

He said he pretty much nagged her...a lot.  And it was all because he saw what the players were wearing on the field.

"Like the pink socks and stuff, and I thought that it was a big deal, so I thought that she should go."

Calvin said the idea came to him when he was actually watching Monday Night Football.  He said he started thinking if these guys are wearing pink, what they are talking about or what they want us to know about might be something really important.

That nagging got Kelly in not only for a mammogram but a second one.

"And then they called me and said we found something on your mammogram and we need you to come back in."

She then had a biopsy on a suspicious mass.  They didn't know at the time if it was cancerous or not.  Luckily, it turned out to be benign.

Calvin says he is glad he kept nagging and watched football this season for more than the game.

"I'm just happy that she doesn't have cancer and she's fine, and that she actually did it."

Kelly says, she pretty much feels the same thing.
Kelly says she will go for follow ups now and get a mammogram each year.




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