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I was 38 years old when I discovered a pea size lump in my left breast. After mammogram and ultra sound the radiologist recommended a biopsy. Yes it was cancer. After a lumpectomy and radiation I am 25 years cancer free. If I had waited until 50 for a mammogram I would not be here to tell my story.
Linda S.
I think they should start mammograms at 30. I'm 35 and recently diagnosed with NO family history. This is happening too often lately. Something is going on and more needs to be done. My DOCTOR did my annual exam 13 days before I found the lump myself. He missed it. But a mammogram wouldn't have.
I got cancer when I was 40 and started mammograms when I was 35 because it ran in my family.
I had a friend who would still be alive from early diagnosis
She left me at 30yrs spread every where.
I was personally diagnosed at 45 yrs, caught in first stage, no symptoms or signs. I just decided it was time for a mamo. It was the size of tip of an eraser. Biopsy, malignant
Lymph nodes no cancer cells. I was positive receptor which meant I still had periods.
I was given radiation and tomifixen. Going on 20 years in remission, as I learned your never cancer free your in remission. Get yearly mamos, but desire the 3D but my insurance not cover, though they should test every woman with 3D.
It's far more accurate.
Mamo, early detection saved
my life.
Sarah Sue Fink
I had routine mammograms starting at age 40. I breast feed my two children. Invery rarely got even a cold. At age 48, I went for my annual mammogram and they found four tumors in my left breast. No lumps, no pain, just four tumors in a year. Fortunately, I was lucky that routine screening caught things early. Nothing had spread to nodes. Hady mastectomy and reconstruction. Six months later I am healed and cancer free. I only have to take Tamoxifen every day. I survived cancer and kicked it's ass! Because I had my screening, I can close my short chapter on cancer. I truly believe that is ONLY because of early detection. All women need to be screened starting at 40. Not only does it save lives, but the cost of cancer treatment to both the patient and the insurance companies.
My wife and sister have benefited from early detection in their 40s
My mother had breast cancer 20 plus years a go. She had a mastectomy on her left breast. A few years back when my mother was 85 years old, unfortunately at the time doctors felt when a woman reaches a certain age they don't do mammogram screenings nor pap smears anylonger? I change her PTP to Dr. Hooper in Huntington Beach and she sent my mother over to BreastLink for a mammogram. They found a tumor. She had a mastectomy in time before it got any larger. Thanks to the surgeons and oncologist at BreastLink my mother is doing well today at 87 years old.
Just found out a friend/neighbor has breast cancer. By the time she found out Stage 4. She avoided going for a check up out of fear as it was already a lump, bleedy and in pain. It has spread. We pray for her and others. YES, do encourage mamograms and other screenings. Thank you.
I was diagnosed at 44 stage 2 by the time it was found & a Mastectomy was my only option due to the size of the tumor & it spreading to other parts of my breast. Although my mammogram did not catch it due to the density of my breast tissue I believe it is important to get screened early. My cousin was diagnosed just over a year later at the age of 44 and her mammogram found her cancer. A MRI reveled cancer in another location of her breast so a mastectomy was her only option. Save lives mammograms at 40 and earlier if there is a family history.
I know a few women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in their forties. All three diagnosed by mammogram. My cousin who lost her battle left behind six children. The second a friend who is a long time survivor but has faced battle after battle. The third a one year survivor because of early detection with a mammogram. These are three women in particular who are close to me. It doesn’t include the coworkers and acquaintances, all under fifty years of age. Had I only known of one woman, friend, family or acquaintance, I’d say we need mammogram before age fifty. If early detection saves only one person it is worth it. Mammograms save lives. Lives of mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, friends and acquaintances.
I was diagnosed at 41. I was in shock because breast cancer does not run in my family. I have since learned that ANYONE can get breast cancer and it is very RANDOM. However, some people do carry the gene that can be passed down. Luckily I was tested & do not carry the gene but others aren’t so lucky...
I felt a lump in my breast at 36. I saw my Dr. I was told “it is nothing to worry about, it’s not cancerous.”
They sent me for a mammogram. It was negative and I was told by the radiologist that she’d see me “when I was 40.”
At my yearly gynecologist appt at 38, the lump had grown quite a bit and was becoming very painful. They sent me for another mammogram. The radiologist decided to biopsy two different spots in my left breast, even though she thought they’d be negative, because I had been “dealing with this for so long.”
She said she would call me Tuesday with the results... I got the phone call from her on Monday. I had DCIS high nuclear grade 3. It was all over my left breast and she said that I needed to prepare myself for a double mastectomy. At the time they did not know if any of it had become micro-invasive.
Three different physicians recommended that I have a double mastectomy.
My sentinel lymph node was negative, and no signs of invasive breast cancer when the pathology came back from my surgery.
I consider myself lucky. I was 38 & it was a good thing I didn’t wait till I was 40.

I found a lump when I was 32 years old. To say you aren't worthy of preventative care because you haven't reached a certain age is criminal. We can start with 40 not 50 but 30 not 40 seems to be sneaking up fast!
Jessica P.
I am a breast cancer nurse navigator and I know that mammograms save lives!
Sue G.
My wife is a breast cancer survivor, screening works!
Seth K.
I got breast cancer at age 42. It ran in my family on both sides. They found it in a mammogram. Please dont change to 50. You will kill these people. I had a masectomy at age 42. I am good now at age 46.
Laura F.
My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer at 49. She found a lump while doing her own breast exam. When she was finally underway into the treatment plan, more lumps were found in her lymph nodes. She had to endure chemo/radiation
treatments. In the end it was the leukemia as a result of the chemo that took her life at 54. Earlier mammograms may have prevented the spread of the cancer. I still miss her terribly; she was like a sister. Women can get breast cancer at all ages young & old. My personal feeling, we should be getting tested at 25 or even 30. Maybe finding another way of testing at a young age without having to use radiation. Just saying....
Ginger S.
I absolutely think that mammograms should be done at 40 and not 50!!! It could save so many lives!!
Dawn T.
We are losing too many people to cancer. Some of those because it was not detected early enough. That is unacceptable with he technology we have. Screen early......for all cancers.
Linda E.
I love my mom.
I support starting mammograms at age 40.
Betty B.
No story, just supporting friends!
Linda S.
A little extra caution can ease a lot of anxiety.
Jayna S.
I lost a good friend who was like a sister to me, same age as me (I'm 60 now), the godmother to my children, and the person who would have been their guardian if anything happened to me. She was diagnosed in her early 40's and was already dead before 50. She might still be here with earlier mammograms. It was so devastating for her mother that she died a year after her daughter. So my children grew up without both their godmothers. We miss them so much.
Laurie C.
I found the lump myself. It was a fast grower and no sign of it 6 months prior. That was 2007. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation followed by 5 years of an oral medication. I am good so far, thank God. At the time I wanted a double mastectomy for later breast reconstruction. That was refused (military hospital). Now I have a very pendulous breast on one side, I qualify for breast reconstruction now but I am 74 and have a husband who is disabled. I would need help .
Mary A.
My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, stage 2B. I believe if she had started her mammogram at a younger age the cancer may not have spread to her lymph glands.
My neighbor, mother of darling twin girls still in grade school might still be here today had she been diagnosed younger than 40.
I can't imagine her daughters waiting until they are 50 to get a mammogram. I have seen far to many cases of younger than40 women with breast cancer. Raising the recommended age for mammograms to 50 is a crazy and ludicrous idea. If anything the age should be lowered to age 35 or younger.
I am pretty sure it costs about $160 without insurance to get a mammogram .
Cathrynn I.
My sister got it at 29 and died of it at 39
My daughter got it at 39 and survived because she caught it early
My sister got it at 49 and survived
My niece caught it early and lied
My other niece also caught it early
Imagine 5 out of 8 women in one family all with breast cancer before age 50
Some odds
And Doctors still say start at 50
NO..start as early as you can
I have family and friends who were diagnosed when they were below the age of 50. We should keep it at 40.
My breast cancer was detected at Age 41 after following detected calcifications from a baseline mammogram at Age 37. If I had waited until 50 there is a good chance I wouldn't be here to tell this story. There was no lump. Only by having mammograms and biopsies were we able to confirm that the suspicious calcifications were DCIS which infused most areas of the breast. After a lumpectomy, partial mastectomy and finally a full mastectomy was I able to be free of disease.

Age 40 is appropriate, reasonable and lifesaving!
I know some one that is 40 years old and is completing her treatment for stage 3, if she had to wait until 50 years old she'd be dead and her children would grow up without a Mother. Keep it at 40! God Bless you Stephanie Nation!
I had breast cancer at 39!!!! The doctors feel it was there at least 5 years before.
My wife had breast cancer which was detected early thanks to Dr. West and yearly mammograms. Life is far more precious than money. Don't let the insurance companies off the hook. Everyone must sign this petition!
I'm 36 and I'm getting a mammogram today, as I felt a lump on my breast, there's a lot of young woman that need to be checked before 50. Putting the age of 50 only increases the chance of not detecting cancer and losing more lives.
Mammograms help save lives!
No real story here, however, my grandmother was a breast cancer survivor later in her late 70's. I have known many women with cancer before 50 and after 80, and I would hope that our medical system would support all women regardless of age. I am close to 70 and hope to live well into my 90's. Let's give everyone a chance at the best life possible.
I am a mom of two young girls, never did I ever imagine that at age 35 I would be facing the biggest battle of my life. On October 31, 2017 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. I was fortunate to find the lump myself. I cannot imagine where I would be if I didn't. Having to wait till 50 for a mammogram would have been the death of me. I am currently undergoing an incredibly aggressive chemo regime. Mammograms need to be readily available to any woman at any time. This is not a just an older woman's sickness. It is effecting all of us. I praise God every day for giving me the nudge to self examine. Unfortunately not all women are that lucky. Our health should not be at the mercy of government. We need to be in charge.
Diagnosed at 45.
My story begins on 12-24-2006. It's the day my husband didn't wake up. He died in his sleep at age 38. I was 39 and turning 40 the following March. I thought it was best I do a full work up on myself because I wanted to be around for my 3 daughters. So I did all the tests needed and one was my first mammogram. The mammo showed something suspicious so I had more tests including a biopsy. I had an appt. with my surgeon to give me the results. Which means I got a cold and not very supportive response. If I had waited until the current guidelines I'm sure I would not have made it to 50. I was Stage IIIb. I am a patient navigator for Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center. I always tell my story so others will be a stronger patient advocate for themselves. So we will continue to tell our patients to do their mammograms at age 40 no matter if they have family history or not. I will continue to preach 40 not 50!!!
Laura L.
Too many of my friends before the age of 50 have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The age needs to change!!
Marjorie M.
If no women were ever diagnosed before the age of 40, I'd say this would be okay, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Why take the risk?
Ashley S.