In a post on Wednesday, Sarah Silverman explained that she had to get a mammogram, x-ray, and ultrasound because she has dense breasts, which means she has more supportive (or dense) tissue than fatty tissue, and that makes cancer screening more difficult.
The radiologist did a few things that made Silverman uncomfortable, such as the way he prepped her for the ultrasound. “He opened my gown and put gel on my breasts and smeared it around with his bare hands,” she wrote on Instagram, confused why he didn’t wear latex gloves.
“Then he started talking to me about my chest X-ray (I also got a chest X-Ray) and was pontificating with my boobs just out and covered in gel and cold and finally I said ‘Hey—can we either talk about this when I’m dressed or WHILE [you’re] doing the ultrasound? I’m not comfortable with my breasts out just shooting the shit with you,'” Silverman wrote.
The third and final straw came while he was actually doing the ultrasound. “Okay so—he smears the gel on with his hands and NO GLOVES on and when he glides the ultrasound wand thing over my breasts he drags his fingers on them and it f—g bothers me.”
Silverman continued that she had gone to the same doctor the previous year, and the situation was no different. “Again, AS I TOLD HIM LAST YEAR, I said ‘Hey! Do you need to be touching me with your fingers?’ He said ‘No.’ And he pulled them off of me. Then he added ‘I do that for balance,'” she wrote.
In her post, she clarified that she didn’t think he was intentionally violating her, “BUT it is his job to be aware that this is vulnerable for a woman,” she wrote. She’s right; part of a doctor’s job is to make the patient comfortable. If you ever feel uneasy about what’s happening during an appointment, you have every right to say something.
America is a Great Country in which to live.