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I started getting mammograms at 40 per the original guidance. I was not identified as high risk. Last year at 45, a routine mammogram detected stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. I completed radiation therapy at the beginning of this year, after my lumpectomy. I credit preventative screening with my current high quality of life and excellent prognosis.
Margot S.
I support mammograms starting at 40 NOT 50!
Jeanette M.
Early detection is the best protection!!!!
I have too many friends who have fought this deadly disease. 40 not 50 has saved their lives. I support early detection and ask the government to not give in to the insurance company lobbyists. Early detection saves lives.
I support starting mammograms at the age of 40!!
Jennifer D.
I started having mammograms at the age of 40. Both my mother and grandmother passed from breast cancer. It is important to be screened annually for this disease as early detection would improve chances of treating cancer.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!
My cousin was is alive because it was detected before it was too late.
I have dense breast and recently had a mammogram and needed further modalities which were not covered by insurance. Crazy!
My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at 42 and died at 47.
I know other women in their 40s (1 in her 30s) that were able to detect an issue and get the proper treatment because of their annual mammograms. I thought waiting until 40 was too long BUT waiting until 50 is insane and irresponsible! Until there's a cure... the only way to take control of cancer before it takes control of us is through EARLY DETECTION! The earlier the better! Self exams, Mammograms, and Breast MRIs are VITAL!
Julie R.
My beloved sister-in-law had no family history of breast cancer. And at age 36, she was diagnosed. She felt a lump. Her doctor's recommendation was that she was not of age to have a mammogram. She fought breast cancer for 14 years, losing her battle at the young age of 50. She had two beautiful children. We miss her.
Patricia K.
I was diagnosed early. Small, not staged lesion. I was over 50 but I got a mammogram every year. Had I waited another year things might be very different today. I know too many under 40 women that are diagnosed at stage 2 or 3 with breast cancer that is seems contagious. The treatment for these women is much more involved than it was for me. Early diagnosis, early intervention and diligent monitoring are the key for a better outcome.
Vivian S.
I have have known three women diagnosed late. One survived, the other two did not. The two who did not was in her 20's when diagnosed, the other in her late 40's. Had they been diagnosed earlier, I am sure they would have had much better outcomes. The loss has affected many lives, and it is hoped that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated. Please support this campaign.
Melissa M.
I don't have breast cancer, but I am listening to John West on the radio and appreciate the work he has done. My aunt passed away of breast cancer. I wish this program was around 20 years ago. Keep up the good work!
Earliest screening is best!!! A friend of mine whom is 24 years young was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. She has no family history of breast cancer or any cancer for that matter in her family. She thankfully found a lump on her self exam. The rest is pretty obvious of course. Cancer. She went through chemo, radiation and both breasts removed. She lost her hair and all the other common symptoms with the treatments. Nausea, tiredness, hopeless etc. This all happened the year she was to be married to the love of her life. He never left her side and was there for the long haul. They did not cancel the wedding. He loved her and wanted her to be his wife bald, scarred and everything. She is thankfully a survivor. Happily married. Hair growing in. I believe in early screening. Makes me think what if she didn't feel that lump? What ifs are way too many to count. So all in all the early the better. She is only 24 years young. Breast cancer or any cancer doesn't discriminate for age. Please don't bump the screening to 50. If at all move it up to 30. Money will always be around. But lives won't .
I found my lump while getting dressed, but with no family history and only being 36 years old, I was not worried. I did get it checked immediatley, and I am glad I did. I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. Women are getting diagnosed at an earlier age, we need to move the guidelines to screen to cover these younger women!
My mom is a breast cancer survivor and she was diagnosted with breast cancer at age 44, if she waited to turn 50 before getting a mammogram she would not be here today. I believe that having mammograms at 40 could save many lives.
To many factors and unanswered questions. Each person ages differently. You see women with cancer at you ages. Sorry to say this women and men put women's heath aside as if we are less human. I pray we lower the age sooner rather than later.
Diagnosed with breast cancer right after turning 33.
I'm signing because my Mom has breast cancer.
Two best made didnt at the age of 54
My cousin moved to a country where they don't routinely do mammograms for forty-year-olds. Even though her mother had died of breast cancer and she had very dense, cystic breasts and had been monitored closely in her home country, her new country's primary care physician wouldn't send her for regular mammograms or even do a breast exam. If he hadn't been on vacation one year during her annual physical and she hadn't gotten a substitute who felt something in her breast and finally sent her for a mammogram, the breast cancer she had in her mid-forties would have remained uncaught, perhaps until it was too late! I'm grateful that we have mammograms at 40--50 is too late for many people!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37–there is no age when cancer can strike.. It can show its ugly face at age 20, 30, 40, 50... Mammograms should be available as early as 20, the age I started getting them because of abnormal findings. I continued to get them until my cancer (I had bilateral mastectomy)-it saved my life it can save others!!
In 2004 I diagnosed at 36 with my very first baseline mammogram. with no family history. This was suggested by my PCP for all patients at 35 . I had no lump that could be felt by myself or my Doctor. I had 6 biopsies total in both breast and my initial diagnosis was multi focal invasive triple negative breast cancer. My radiologist ordered a breast MRI and that showed DCIS in most of the milk ducts in my left breast. My surgeon was against the breast MRI. Si after a mastectomy with a sentinel node biopsy I was diagnosed with a 1.8 cm triple negative grade 3 invasive breast cancer. I did 8 months of chemotherapy and no radiation . I was then able to work for The American Cancer Society from 2010 to 2017 promoting breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening for the underserved communities in Colorado. I was also the breast cancer task force chair for three years and was a contributing writer to the Colorado cancer plan. I was disappointed when ACS changed their guidelines and continued to educate women on the importance of self breat exams and mammograms by 40 unless there is a family history.
Tiffany Reed
I was diagnosed one month after turning 30 with no family history of breast cancer. I discovered I was BRCA1 positive and have wanted the age to be moved down every since!
I was diagnosed at 31.
Already considered “high risk”, I was due to begin screening mammography within a couple of months. Prior to my first mammogram I felt a small lump. Had all of my imaging completed and the final count of breast malignancies was 10. 10 separate masses in my breast. All were cancer.
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My mother and my stepmother both suffered from breast cancer. My stepmother found out roughly around age 43 and my mother at 49. My stepmother sadly passed away this year. Her battle lasted 6 years and unfortunately had metastasized. My mother had her last chemo this year and thankfully is cancer free. I'm my opinion both cases prove this point. Exams at 40 have the potential to save more lives from heart break and the agony that cancer causes. Mammograms at 40 are a must!
Mammograms at 40
Pornnapats T.
40 NOT 50
Lemusu Z
My young niece was diagnosed in her late 30's with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Her doctor randomly decided to do a baseline mammogram. That's when they spotted it. Thank God! She would not be alive today.
Lisa B.
My sister and my cousin both diagnosed and treated for breast cancer before age 50. Both past the 5 year survivor mark, no further cancer seen.
Julia G.
I support starting mammograms at age 40. I did.
Christine C.
40 not 50
Linda P.
A mammogram caught my mother's breast cancer at 42. We had no family history to indicate she was at risk. Without this test, she would not have known she needed treatment.
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Laurie B.
I support all woman
I am a breast cancer survivor.. early intervention and keeping up with my mamograms every 6 months saved and lengthened my life.
Clare S.
At age 73, I am fortunate enough to have never yet had breast cancer -- so far. However I have many friends who have had this disease before the age of 50. Some were lucky enough to have it detected at a stage to survive it; many others were not. Some of these were before the technology became generally available in the 70's. In my opinion it is morally reprehensible to have a technology available that is able to detect cancer at an early stage prevent deaths but to make it beyond the economic reach of large parts of our population by "recommendations" and insurance coverages. I also disagree that it should not be covered past age 74. I am in very good health and expect to live to my 90's or 100's. My mother died of cancer at age 62 (not breast) and her sister died of breast cancer. I don't consider my risk to magically disappear next year, especially since it is well known that breast cancer risk increases with age. At age 70, my risk was 1 in 26; at 85 it will be 1 in 8!
Sue M.