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I suspected for about three years that there was something "not right" with my right breast. About three months after my yearly mammogram that breast became very sore & tender. I requested and received another (better) mammogram and ultrasound when the cancer was finally diagnosed. I was told it was stage 3 or 4.

My point is that you know you body better than anyone else. If you believe there is something not quite right going on with your breasts insist upon getting more testing done. I could have become a stage 4 cancer patient, which is also known as metastatic cancer where the cancer has started growing in other parts of your body & extremely hard to treat.
Debra S.
I know several women whose breast cancer was detected before they were 50 and I believe it saved their lives.
My story is not unique. It's a story that is shared by so many. That is why 40 not 50 is so important. At 44, I was diagnosed with stage 1 (invasive) breast cancer. Early detection was key to an easier treatment plan for me. As it was, I still went through surgery, chemo, radiation, and other infusions. But because it was found so early, I got to keep both my breasts and just had to have a lumpectomy. As far as chemo, I was able to go through a lighter version of chemo that wasn't as harsh. This would not have been the case if detected later. Breast cancer is not a death sentence because of all the progress that has been made including early detection. We cannot take a step backward in this fight. Mammograms need to start at age 40.
Deb K.
My breast cancer diagnosis came after a screening MRI. I am 45 and have dense breasts. My ob/gyn recommended an MRI because MRI's work on dense breasts. I had a 5.6 cm DCIS tumor and I had a microinvasion of hormone positive breast cancer. Fortunately, the breast cancer was caught early and was .3 mm. I had to have surgery to remove the breast cancer and ended up with a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. I have not had to have any other treatment. I am so grateful that my ob/gyn recommended the MRI. The mammogram is what informed me that I have dense breasts, which prompted the MRI.
Kelly Z.
A friend of my family found a lump at 42 and passed away 6 months later. She had no family history, so her doctor had not started mammograms yet. I believe that all women, regardless of family history, should have access to early, potentially lifesaving detection.
Crystal G.
There is no female life not effected by cancer diagnosis. Early detection is out only hope.
Sonia K.
Early detection is very important.
Marianne K.
I first discovered a had breast cancer at age 37 after my nipple produced a discharge. I immediately sought medical attention. After testing, it was confirmed that I had an early stage of breast cancer. After a lumpectomy and radiation, was in remission. Six years later, it returned in the same breast and approximate location as the first time. After careful consideration, I decided a mastectomy was the best route to take. Even with this mastectomy and 14 years in remission, in the back of my mind, I am always in fear and red alert about breast cancer returning in the other breast. I am a success story of a person under 40 surviving breast cancer. Unfortunately, because of the age restriction of many insurance sources, many more have not survived. Please, start mammograms no later than 40. This saves lives. I'm here to witness the results of early detection.
Theresa G.
Hello. I was diagnosed at the age of 42 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am so grateful that my doctor sent me early for regular mammograms. Had he not I would not be here today. It was through the mammogram the radiologist was able to see an enlarged lymph node. After a biopsy and further testing I Diagnosed. I started chemo therapy 2 weeks later. It is now 4 years since that day
Leilani M.
Please let this pass.
Maxx W.
I was diagnosed at age 47 but was told that by the size of my tumor that I'd probably had breast cancer for 1-2 years. Early detection is crucial & the age for a mammogram should be 40!!!
Gina L.
I demand proper health care
Gabrielle N.
I have been a women's health care provider for over 30 years. Most of my practice has been located in under resourced areas of cities and semi-rural areas. The populations in these areas usually consist of minority groups that engender higher risk factors for many diseases including breast cancer. Additionally, breast cancer occurs earlier and is typically of a more aggressive type in these populations though the frequency of occurrence may be less. It would be a huge disservice to these women to extend the age at which breast cancer screening begins. The sequelae of a delayed diagnosis is disastrous for anyone but is catastrophic for the under served populations who lack the resources for managing/affording the non-medical needs of and risks to themselves and family such as job loss due to too much time off for care, loss of income, loss of productivity resultant of advanced illness and side effects of more aggressive therapies required for more advanced disease, not to mention their higher risk of death. All of these render them unable to care for young children or elders, and unable to engage with their loved ones and friends. It also affects their intimate relationships due to disfigurement/illness ,etc. that may result in separation from their significant other which further complicates their recovery and likely further reduces income and other resources.
SO, NO to extending the age at which screening mammograms begin.
Rebecca G.
They found a lump when I was 35 from my first mammogram and they took it out but if it was not found it could have become cancerous.
I am a 37 year old female that doesn't have a story, however I would love to keep it that way! I will soon be approaching 40 and would hate to have missed the opportunity to catch anything that could be wrong within time. This is why it is so important that the screening stay in place where it is. I have 2 children that would love to take care of me in my my golden years versus my years that I should still be able to work and provide for them. I understand budget cuts but it makes you question what other areas can make budget cuts??? Oh wait I guess preserving human life is not the first priority!
Better safe than sorry.
My good friend's life was saved because she had her mammogram at 40. She would not have survived without a mammogram at 40
Family history of cancer, and yes it's best to detect it sooner than later.
I have been a cytogenetic technologist for 22 years and am directly involved with analyzing whether women who have breast cancer have the specific Her-2/Neu gene. I can tell you from direct knowledge that the earlier detection can be initiated, the chances of survival and remission are dramatically increased. I am 100% behind the 40not50 movement!
I believe this is important to save lives.
I know first hand, cancer is a huge personal burden. I can't imagine women in their 40's learning they have metastatic disease just because our congress didn't act. This is a fight we can win, regardless of our politics. Earlier detection saves loves! It is THAT simple.
A friend of mine got a mammogram at 40 and found out she had cancer. She was able to beat it because they found it early.
I had an abnormal Mammogram at 40. Two Aunts with Breast Cancer and one was Stage IV at Diagnosis. They are my 'tatas'! Not Yours!
I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in the right breast at the age of 37 (September 2017) I had a bilateral mastectomy with diep flap reconstruction (October 2017) I went thru 4 rounds of chemo (taxotere & cytoxan every 3 wks) I had nipple restoration with fat grafting as well. I am now taking exestamane and the zoradex injection but probably will end up stopping the injection due to bad side effects. I have only had 1 injection so far. I personally think mammograms should be started on women after they have their first child.
I actually felt a bump on my right breast October 2018 made a appointment right away was sent for ultrasound I guess they won’t do ultrasound without having a mammogram done first so had them done same day, something suspicious found so was sent for a biopsy December 18. 3 days later I was diagnosed with cancer. I’m 39 years old who knows how long this tumor has been growing inside my breast, had I not felt it I don’t know in another 10 years what damage it may have caused.
My mother had breast cancer at the age of 43. She felt a lump and went to the doctor to get a mammogram done and she had in between stage 2 and stage 3 breast cancer. She is now 5 years free of breast cancer.
Amandia S.
I was diagnosed at 40 after skipping a year in between my first and second mammo. My cancer was caught early and didn't spread. Had I waited any longer the outcome could have been drastically different.
I am a breast cancer survivor of 28 years. I was diagnosed at the age of 28. A mammogram saved my life. With a very strong family history of breast cancer, I started getting mammograms at 23. Early detection is key and prolonging the start of mammograms to age 50 could be deadly.
Kris K.
I am 44 years and was recently diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Had I waited to have a mammogram at the age of 50, I would not be able to say I would have a good prognosis of survival from Breast Cancer. I am so grateful for having mammograms at the age of 40. The doctor clearly stated, "You are the prime example of why women need to have mammograms done before 50".
Debbie S.
My story on why mammograms need to start at age 40. If I had to wait to have my first mammogram when I was 50, then I probably wouldn't be here now or I would have breast cancer. Because, I was able to have my annual mammogram, a small pre cancerous tumor was caught at Zero instead of not being discovered until it was too late. I would not have been able to feel this one during a self-exam due to the location. I am thankfully to the Drs. that pushed me to follow through with my exam that year. Instead of celebrating the birth of my first grandson and being able to meet him - I would a picture my son would have to tell his son about . No woman or family should have to face a lose that can be prevent with an exam.
My sister was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at 44 years old. She has been fighting for her life for over a year. She had chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy and has to continue chemo for another month. Early detection is key!
Georgette C.
Too many people i love diagnosed with breast cancer just last year
Mary B.
I am a 41 year old female with a family history of various cancer related illnesses. Without these tests being performed on me at 39 and 40, I may have been without notice if there were a problem. I am thankful that my doctor(s) so fit to perform these tests given my families history.
Stephanie B.
My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 44. It was her 1st mammogram and she had to have a radical mastectomy and chemo. Luckily she is still cancer free, but if she waited until 50 she would not be here today. I've also been aggressively screened since 40 and have had 2 biopsies so far, luckily with clear results. It's too important and the technology is available to help keep women on top of their healthcare.
Amy E.
40 NOT 50
I was diagnosed at age 47 but was told that by the size of my tumor that I'd probably had breast cancer for 1-2 years. Early detection is crucial & the age for a mammogram should be 40!!!
Gina L.
Because I want fair and proper health care.
Kim H.
My mom got diagnose with breast cancer at age 32.
Anabel V.
My mom was misdiagnosed at 28 they told her your lump you feel is nothing your too young and just had a baby at 29 it had spread at 39 she was dead I am the oldest of 3 found mine at 41 my baby was 6 months old no one was telling me I was too young my sister found hers at 40 after her 3rd baby all of us hormone positive my aunt and my cousin both had breast CA later in life because one had no children they other hysterectomy at 35 anyway there is no rule saying Cancer strikes after 50 we are living proof
I know quite a few women who had breast cancer in their early 40s. With early detection, 15-20 years later they are either cancer free or continue to live with Cancer.