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I have had two biopsies and I am only 47, both non-cancerous thankfully but if they were and I would not have been checked I would be dead by now. 40 not 50 can be life saving!
Darcy W.
I was 37 when I found my lump. I went to my doctor where I was told it felt like a cyst. I had to beg for a mammogram. It turned out to be Stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. I was treated by Dr John West, Dr Justin West and Dr John at Breastlink. I thank god every day that I pushed for that mammogram when I found my lump. Without it I do not think I would be here today.
Danielle A.
Thank God I have never experienced the devastation that breast cancer can bring. But I know that the people like me, who, thankfully, have never had to face this challenge, will more likely have to deal with getting breast cancer themselves or having someone they know get it. I do know that cancer can devastate a family, so I think this petition should get passed around to as many people as it can.
Angela V.
I am going to be 40 next year and was looking forward to finally getting one done. It's sad that I would have to wait another 10 years for my health! Please 40 not 50!!!
Jessica N.
My paternal aunt passed away at age 43 of breast cancer. Countless other breast cancer diagnoses will be missed if we wait until age 50 to start screening. Early detection saves lives!
Alesha W.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 47 and again at 53. Early detection is necessary. There is no one either side of my family that have a history of breast cancer. I am the first.
Darlene B.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. As her daughter, I think that all women should be checking for cancer as early as possibly to promote the best prognosis.
Sahar L.
Every women should get mammogram yearly. It should start in the early twenties. I have lost family members and friends with this disease.
Meprisia M.
I have several survivors that owe there victories to early detention. 40 NOT 50!
Marco M.
When was 42 my general practitioner sent thru a referral for my first mammogram. I hadn't felt any lumps, I had no health issues that made me concerned - he just wanted me to start getting Regular mammograms. And my first mammogram found Stage One Breast cancer. That mammogram saved my life. I did not have a slow growing cancer. If I had waited until 50 (which I had considered doing) I would have been dead.
Jennifer L.
Help prevent breast cancer before it's to late.
Jane W.
I've been receiving mammograms starting age 34.
Teresa M.
My mother was diagnosed with breat cancer the first time at age 26. Full mastectomy of her left breast. She then was diagnosed with breast cancer again at 59. She had another mastectomy. Within 2 years the cancer had spread and killed her at 61yo. I tested positive for the BRAC 2 at age 39. I had a 86% chance of getting breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery at age 40. My oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 59. She had a partial mastectomy with chemo and radiation. She is in remission now. I started getting mammograms when I turned 30yo. Because of my family hx. I have a daughter who is 30yo, and I feel she should be getting mammograms now because of our family hx. And she should get the BRAC genetic test done also. But her insurance won't cover either because she is to young?!!! Knowing our family hx is very strong in breast cancer she is left to wonder and worry. And so am I. That is unacceptable.
Michelle D.
I'm just a woman....
Start mammograms at 40!!!!
I have always been a very healthy person with no cancer in my family history. I did not want to go in for a mammogram but was talked into it by friends and my doctor. Shockingly, with no signs or symptoms, I was diagnosed with stage 2B aggressive breast cancer at age 41. Due to the size, my doctor estimated that it was probably growing in my body for 3-5 years before we caught it. I'm happy to say that after a double mastectomy I am cancer free today, just over a year later!!! If I had waited to get a mammogram I wouldn't have lived to age 50!!
I worked in a radiology department. I can not tell you how many women below the age of 50 that were diagnosed with breast cancer in the 8+ years. Seems to me 40 should be the recommend age.
Mother, sister and maternal aunt...I have had mammograms since age sister got it at 41, Mother 62, maternal aunt died at 48. Dr Amy Bremner found mine through a mammogram one week after my 70th birthday. Dr Bremner, my OBGYN and I could not feel it. It was infiltrating so if I hadn't had a mammogram I may not be telling my story. I am in a Clinical Trial ... IORT. I am thankful and grateful for the fine doctors at Breastlink....
Carole C.
My mother got diagnosed with breast cancer at age 52, I was 25 at the time. She is 20yr+ survivor and I have had mammograms yearly since I was age 26. The younger you get diagnosed the worse the outcome seems to be, so why would the government take away a screen method when breast cancer caught early is curable.
Grace H.
I am mammographer and I have seen first hand how yearly mammograms save lives! I support mammograms at age 40 not 50!!!!
Sherry B.
I'm turning 40 this year and would be very upset if my insurance did not cover mammograms. Although there is not a direct line to me, my mother-in-law has gone through 2 rounds of Breast Cancer and I believe it should be every women's right have their insurance cover their screening studies starting at age 40.
Jennifer P.
I am a Primary Care NP. I have been in practice for almost 7 years. During that time, I have diagnosed 4 females under the age of 40 with different stages of breast cancer (3 African Americans, and 1 Caucasian). I have resorted to telling my patients to pay for their mammograms starting at age 38-40. If caught early, breast cancer is treatable. Early detection is key!
Nora A.
The earlier the better. Help us save lives.
I have known several women who would have benefited from mammo starting in their 40's.
Christopher Z.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer early & her life was saved. She is a 11 year survivor due to early detection.
Cheryl G.
My sister was only 29 when she was diagnosed with ductal breast cancer in the year '69 when very little was available about what protocol to pursue. She was given a radial mastectomy on one breast. She went thru chemo and cobalt radiation. She died 5 years later. She left behind 4 young children.It was very hard on all our family, but I researched only to find very little in those days. 15 years later I was diagnosed at 49 with a large lump. If I could have had a mammogram earlier, I probably could have had a lumpectomy with no chemo. I urgently feel mammograms should be listed as a routine check at 40 (or even earlier if family history.) Thank you, Judie Looney
Judie L.
Jacky O.
I have very dense breast tissue. My mother and my sisters as well. Waiting until it's too late to discover an issue is not an option. With monthly self breast exams, annual mammograms and well-woman check ups, I believe the four of us are doing the right thing by our health. Catching an early cancer is important for ALL women!
Linda P.
No story just know others that have had breast cancer
Joyce D.
Requested a mammogram at age 36 secondary to possible nodule felt on self breast exam. Calcifications were noted in my right breast. Underwent a breast biopsy, pathology was negative for malignancy. Although path was negative, had it remained there until I was 50 may have resulted in different outcome.
Chelsea H.
This is about insurance companies trying to increase their profits. I have been a mammogram technologist for over 30 years, and I can tell you that there have been many instances where we have caught a woman's breast cancer with a routine screening mammogram while she was in her 40's. The earlier it is found, the better her chance of survival. If we had not started screening those women until they were 50, it would have been too late.
2 sisters were both diagnosed with Breast cancer in their early 40's due to routine mammogram screening. Without this preventative measure, it may have gone undiagnosed and their success would have been severely in jeopardy. This needs to remain at 40.
Breast cancer was detected in my family members before age 50. Keep the mammogram age at 40.
I went to my primary care doctor for a check up in March and she said, "You are 40, guess what that means...". I took my order for my first mammogram downstairs to the radiology department and had what I considered a rite of passage for adult females. The session ended with the radiology tech saying, "That wasn't so bad, see you next year!"
Three days later I got a call for additional imaging. My mother and friends reassured me that it was just because it was my first one, a baseline needed to be established. I felt positive as I went back in and underwent my second mammogram and also an ultrasound.
Four days later, I received a phone call telling me that I needed FIVE doctor appointments. I barely remember the phone call it was such a blur. I went in and had my biopsies and appointments with a surgeon and radiologist. On April 13th I met again with the surgeon and he read my pathology report to me. He explained that my left breast was full of precancerous calcifications (stage 0) and that I had one stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma tumor that was a grade 3 (the most aggressive type). Since this news it has been a whirlwind of doctor appointments ranging from oncology to plastic surgery. My bilateral mastectomy is scheduled for May 24 but that will be only the beginning of my journey. I am so grateful for my PCP to tell me to get the mammogram. I am 40 years old and I have breast cancer. I am a runner, weightlifter, organic food eater, mother of 4, with no family history of early breast cancer. #40not50
Lisa V.
My aunt pass away at 58 of breast cancer my second aunt is fighting Brest cancer right now
Claudia M.
Dr. West,
You are so correct in your drive to make 40 the age to begin screening! Your perseverance, experience and clinical expertise should make the USPSTF agree!
Not only am I a mammographer and have seen first hand the damage that is done to women who are late in the staging of breast cancer but two of my dear and young friend have been diagnosed before their 40 th birthday.
Susan B.
I am a healthcare professional in Gyn and have sen numerous cases of breast cancer in the 40-50 year old range, screening being the only way an abnormality was detected.
Kerri E.
My best friend was diagnosed at age 42 with stage 4 breast cancer that was found by chance. If exams where required at 40 it would have been found sooner.
Carole N.
I am a hairdresser, so I come in contact with a large number of people on a personal level. I hear many stories of family members, friends, and co-workers being diagnosed with breast cancer. Many before age 50, several before age 40 and some even before age 30!! One of my work family members was diagnosed in her early thirties. She lost her 11 year battle leaving behind 2 daughters. She watched her eldest daughters graduation ceremony via video from her hospital bed just days before she passed. Another work family member was diagnosed near age 50 and passed as well. My 3 step-son's biological mother was diagnosed the first time at age 39-40 and the second time at age 48-49...both times were discovered via mammogram. A long time personal client was diagnosed in her early thirties. There you have 4 women just in my own personal circle of people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer prior to age 50. I participated in the "Ride Across Maryland" for breast cancer for 10 years and listened to countless other stories from young women that were diagnosed, many of them before age 50. I want my daughters-in-law, my granddaughter, and all of the other young women in my life to have access to early screening. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY!!!
Kimberly T.