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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!
Jess
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.
Alison
I don't have a story.
Laurie B.
I support all woman
Ashley
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.
I don't to lose my mother because congress wants to change the age of required mammograms has gone up to 59.
Vicky S.
No story to tell.
I'm mother to daughter and I be there for her as long as I can.
I don't have a story but I am a woman living in the United States and in 2 years, I want to be able to make this appointment with my physician. I sign this petition to use my voice to fight for this invaluable preventive service to not be delayed. I don't sign this only on the behalf of my gender but I sign it to also advocate for the people whose daily lives are impacted by women personally, professionally, academically and otherwise.
I was diagnosed with stage 3 Lobular breastcancer with 6 positive lymph nodes at age 41! A screening mammogram caught it and I am still alive 25 years later.
The deadly BRCA gene exists within my family tree. I do not want to see or say goodbye to my loved ones or anymore loss in general when we can save lives by early detection.
I had stage 2 breast cancer at 39. Doctors say it was most likely there years before. I had three young girls at the time and I am still here!!!!
My mom has cancer and she is below 50. We got lucky because they caught it at an early stage. If the rule was at 50 then she wouldn't have know that she had cancer and her cancer would have been at a serious and deadly stage.
My mom has breast cancer at the age of 39.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016. I had 2 seperate and distinct malignancies which required a full mastectomy. I was 44 and told that based on the growth rate of my tumors they had likely been growing for 3-5 years prior. I am a health care professional and have insisted on yearly mammograms since my 20's due to very dense breast tissue. How do we get the word out? Mammograms are relatively inexpensive and easy.
I don't really have a personal story. I grew up with the adage, however, that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so screenings starting earlier makes sense to me!
After my husband's cousin was diagnosed was late-stage breast cancer under 50, I decided to get my baseline mammogram six months before I turned 40. Another mammogram, and then an ultrasound revealed tiny calcifications in my right breast and after a biopsy, I was diagnosed with DCIS. There was no mass, no lump, just calcifications in the ducts.

I had an open-incision biopsy (lumpectomy) two months later, and after a clear MRI I thought I was in the clear. A post-surgery mammogram showed two calcifications were left over.

I will be having another surgery in June to remove the rest of the cells, and undergoing three weeks of radiation. I'm 40.

I don't even want to fathom where I (and my family) would be if I'd waited until the age of 50. I probably wouldn't be here.

Although none of this experience has been fun, I am blessed that a mammogram at 40 changed my life for the better. I can plan on being here for my 5 and 10-year-old for a long time.
No story really. I’ve known two women who had a breast cancer scares.
I’m signing the petition because it just makes sense.
I was diagnosed with DCIS Brest cancer on a routine mammogram when Ivwas 48. This mammogram saved my life.
Diagnosed at 42with IDC.
I know too many women diagnosed at 40!!
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Trisha Colebatch
I had a double mastectomy at age 50. I always had a mammogram and in the 13 months between a 4.85 cm grew causing radiation and a host of other problems that could have been otherwise averted sadly.
Kathryn K.
My aunt Irene passed due to breast cancer that mastesized to her esophagus at the age of 83. Let's also request that mammograms be extended for the lifetime of the individual. Seniors need our support.
Rebecca
I support testing at 40.
Elizabeth T.
I know of at least 3 people that fought breast cancer diagnosed in their early 40's. 50 is too late!!!
Kelly G.
I got my first mammogram at 40 I'll be getting one every year from now, my mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor as well.
Thanks to my doc for telling me to get one.
Melissa H.
I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at 43. Having a mammogram and doing monthly breast exams on my own saved my life. If I had to wait until 50, that would have been too late.
Carol B.
My Sister died at 38 from breast cancer leaving 4 young children. My Grandma also passed due to breast cancer. As I write this my Dad is fighting for life as his breast cancer spread from his breast to his lungs and bones.Yes...You heard me correctly...My Dad. I've had several biopsies that have been negative but with a family history that is so heavily laden with cancer it scares the heck out of me. Don't play with people's lives. Mammograms are very important and they need to start early....As I said my sister was diagnosed at 33!
Mary P.
EARLY DETECTION MATERS.
Kim B.
I KNOW OF MANY FRIENDS AFFLICTLED WITH THIS DISEASE AT A YOUNGER AGE THEN 50...THEY WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY FOR NOT THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS AFFORDED TO THEM!
Sue M.
I believe that mammograms are important and that the earlier they are done the better chance you have of beating any cancer that may be found.
Johanna M.
Supporting a friend and my mom.
Pam J.