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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.
Diagnosed with stage 1 ER/PR + her 2- breast cancer at age 40. bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, no long term treatment. Living life. Early diagnosis doesn't mean my cancer won't return, but I did feel like I had more treatments options available to me.
I recently had a masectomy , my wish for all is to be cancer free
At 35 I found my first lump. It was benign, however, I learned then that I had dense breasts. After that I was on a routine of mammography and ultrasounds. Because I was aware, and having routine screening, when they did find cancer it was very early and I had a positive outcome. Early detection = more positive outcomes.
My cousin Adriana was diagnose with breast cancer when she was in her mid twenties. She had a mastectomy and few years later doctors removed the other breast. Now I have some issues with my own breast. I strongly support having a mammogram yearly.
I want a mammogram EVERY YEAR covered by my health insurance coverage.
An administrator admitted that adopting Task Force guidelines instead of ACR guidelines was meant to save money for the health system. Not surprising since 25% of the Task Force had direct ties to payors- a fact hidden from public view of their credentials. Data manipulation to rationalize rationing is wrong.
I do not have an story. I’m only doing this to support the petition.
I was diagnosed at age 37 with Stage IIIa Triple Negative breast cancer. More and more younger women are getting diagnosed!
At the age of 39, I found a lump in my right breast while taking a bath. I had it biopsied, and sure enough, it was cancer. I went through 16 rounds of chemo, a lumpectomy, and 6 weeks (32 rounds) of radiation.

At the age of 42, I went in for my routine follow up with my oncologist. My tumor marker from my blood test came back slightly high. Three weeks went by fighting with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, who denied my PET scan, but approved the inferior CT and bone scans.

I found out 2 weeks ago that my cancer is back, has metastasized to my left breast, lungs, and lower spine. I’m still waiting to find out the biology of the tumor so we can figure out how to treat it.

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.