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A man and a Dad supporting my women friends and my daughter.
Bruce H.
I was 45 years old when I found a lump in my breast. After seeing my physician, having a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy. It was confirmed I had Stage 2B Breast Cancer. I had the lump removed but the margins were too close and they suggested I start Chemotherapy right away and consider a Mastectomy. At the end of my chemo I decided to have a double Mastectomy and immediate reconstruction surgery, during which they also removed 11 Lymph Nodes (two with cancer 9 without). They also found cancer in the second breast . I can only imagine what could have happened if I had waited till I was 50 to get my scheduled mammogram!
Dawn S.
I don't have a story to share. I just know too many friends and co-workers whose lives have been saved as a result of a mammogram in their 40's.
Pat V.
I support having mammograms at age 40.
Kim P.
I have had routine mammograms since the age of 40 because my maternal grandmother died of breast cancer. One year, I was fine. The next year (2002), DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in situ) was found. I was 52. I had two lumpectomies to get clear margins and had 5 weeks of radiation. I was a Stage 0, so I am so happy that I have had my yearly mammograms, starting at an early age, and that the DCIS was found early. Thank you, Dr. John West, for taking such good care of me then and every year since then. I am still cancer-free, and I am very happy to sign this petition.
Judy B.
Early detection is key. After seeing friends and family deal with this horrible disease, I want to ensure everyone is checked as early as possible.
Deborah C.
I believe in 40 not 50!
Alex W.
I support testing at 40
Fahsina C.
my mom showed up with breast cancer when I was 31. Her doctor and my doctor agreed I would get mammograms every year from that moment.

I paid for it because insurance would not cover it. It did not even cover in my 40's and I saved all year to make sure I could pay for it. It was about $85-125 but I went every year. It relieved the stress from my mom, husband, my daughter, son and myself .

I am worried about my daughter who had both maternal and paternal grandmothers show up with breast cancer- I know they will not start her unless there is a problem.
Betty K.
I support this action, I truly believe the age for mammograms should be 40 or sooner, too many of my friends have had to endure so much becuz of breast cancer and could have caught it sooner if required at age 30-40.
Janette H.
Family member whose Mom passed away from Colon Cancer at the age of 46 went for her first mammo a week after she turned 40.
Mass was identified and biopsy done.
Due to early detection she is now cancer free.
Susan R.
My breast cancer was diagnosed at the age of 48. It has spread to my spine. If I had waited until 50 it probably would have claimed my life. It may still. 50 could very well be a death sentence for millions of women and men!
Christine B.
To protect my wife's health
Brandon H.
My friend and classmate, dealing with breast cancer right now at age 43, has posted this site on Facebook. I am showing my love and support for her and myself and others by signing this petition.
Vanessa
Just supporting what I feel is right for women
All people should have access to preventive medical care. The cost is pennies in early diagnosis compared to the expense and heartache of cancer being caught too late. Why don't we take care of our mothers, sister, daughters and friends?
I was 42 when I was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer. It was found on my mammogram. I have been getting mammos since I turned 40 if it wasn't for the my mammogram my cancer would have been much more advanced. Luckily because it was found early I didn't have any lymph node involvement. Please keep 40 as the standard age to start getting mammograms. Please keep them as yearly because my cancer developed in one year from my previous mammogram.
My mom was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, breast cancer, at 46. Had she waited another 4 years, imagine how badly it could have spread.
My mother past away from Breast Cancer. She never had a mammogram. If she had early detecting she might of been able to win the battle.
I have been getting mammograms since my 30's
I have found lumps in my breast & lots of sist removed.
I have 3 family members who have had cancer in there 30s & 40s.
I fear for my daughter knowing beast cancer is in our family & the state wants to change age to 50 for screening.
Breast cancer runs in my family. My mom's mother died breast cancer. I had to fight to get my mamo done in my 30s. Then when I finally got it done they found something.....
I had a biopsy done. Thank God it wasn't cancerous. But I put a tag in that spot so each year can keep an eye on it...
Sign the petition please!
Be proactive! Fight for what's right...
I was diagnosed at age 34, when I was 16 weeks pregnant. Zero family history or risk factors.
I don't have a story, but I also think mammograms should NOT end at age 74!
My mammogram reports kept reading: "benign".

Five years later that benign lump was cancer that had been growing for five years. I began my diagnostic mammograms at age 40, however due to insurance company dictates that still hovers in the background killing hundreds of women each year, other test like MRI's and ultra sounds were never recommended. When are we going to go against insurance companies that prevent doctors from ordering the test we need, and when we need them?
I believe it should be mandatory for all women 40 years & older to have a mammogram once a year.
My 47 year old daughter was told by her doctor that mammograms weren’t needed until she was 50 - even knowing my daughter’s paternal grandmother had aggressive breast cancer in her mid 30’s - dr. said father’s side not as important as mother’s . My other daughter’s doctor said same thing! I’m furious. I kept telling them to start at 40! The 47 year old detected a lump, & it was invasive ductile carcinoma. Thank goodness she checked herself. Recently had lumpectomy & is following up in clinical trial with Proton Pencil Beam Radiation at Mayo Clinic. Everywoman should start mammograms at 40‼️
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40. It was my first mammogram and the mammogram and then biopsy confirmed breast cancer covered almost a third of my breast tissue (there were no lumps, big enough to feel) My only option for surgical intervention was masectomy. I am very grateful and lucky to be alive. My team of doctors said I was the perfect example of mammogram at 40 not 50, saving lives.
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.
Stevianne
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.