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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.
2 sisters were both diagnosed with Breast cancer in their early 40's due to routine mammogram screening. Without this preventative measure, it may have gone undiagnosed and their success would have been severely in jeopardy. This needs to remain at 40.
Breast cancer was detected in my family members before age 50. Keep the mammogram age at 40.
I went to my primary care doctor for a check up in March and she said, "You are 40, guess what that means...". I took my order for my first mammogram downstairs to the radiology department and had what I considered a rite of passage for adult females. The session ended with the radiology tech saying, "That wasn't so bad, see you next year!"
Three days later I got a call for additional imaging. My mother and friends reassured me that it was just because it was my first one, a baseline needed to be established. I felt positive as I went back in and underwent my second mammogram and also an ultrasound.
Four days later, I received a phone call telling me that I needed FIVE doctor appointments. I barely remember the phone call it was such a blur. I went in and had my biopsies and appointments with a surgeon and radiologist. On April 13th I met again with the surgeon and he read my pathology report to me. He explained that my left breast was full of precancerous calcifications (stage 0) and that I had one stage 1 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma tumor that was a grade 3 (the most aggressive type). Since this news it has been a whirlwind of doctor appointments ranging from oncology to plastic surgery. My bilateral mastectomy is scheduled for May 24 but that will be only the beginning of my journey. I am so grateful for my PCP to tell me to get the mammogram. I am 40 years old and I have breast cancer. I am a runner, weightlifter, organic food eater, mother of 4, with no family history of early breast cancer. #40not50
Lisa V.
I was diagnosed 12 years ago, at 48, with invasive lobular breast cancer. A mammogram at age 50 would have been too late.
I recently had a masectomy , my wish for all is to be cancer free
Breast cancer can be cured, it's called EARLY DETECTION! Keep the age for mammograms to begin at 40.
Brenda hageman
I was diagnosed at 45!
As a breast imaging specialist I decided to show show my patients, using our own patient database, how women in their 40s who had their cancers found on screening mammograms did compared to those who waited to find an lump to come in.
Screeners had smaller cancers (1.4 vs 2.4cm)
with 3x more stage 0 at time of dx, more had negative nodes (83% vs 62%), Twice as many needed NO chemo. Interestingly, 10% of screening cancers were found on their BASELINE study (ave age 42). Screeners had half as many had high grade (aggressive) cancers.
These improved numbers were found in a population where only 22% of women came religiously every yr and another 25% came every other year. Think of what could be if ALL women came every year!
If a woman had a cancer found as a lump within a year of a normal mammogram, there was an 80% chance she had dense breasts and would have benefited from additional screening with ultrasound or MRI.
Ladies, SCREENING WORKS IN 40-49 yr olds!
Dense tissue x 30 years; since mid-20's.
I have received mammograms since age 40 every year. Thankfully I have always had good reports. This is comforting to me and eases my mind.
Less than one month after my 30th birthday i found a lump in my right breast. I went to the doctor and within a week was diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram and ultrasound and a biopsy. I was then tested for the BRCA gene mutation and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. I am still undergoing chemo with 5 rounds left followed by four weeks of radiation. I think screening should start at 40 not 50 so we can save the lives of our women!!
I have friends who are survivors.
My aunt pass away at 58 of breast cancer my second aunt is fighting Brest cancer right now
Claudia M.
Dr. West,
You are so correct in your drive to make 40 the age to begin screening! Your perseverance, experience and clinical expertise should make the USPSTF agree!
Karen
Not only am I a mammographer and have seen first hand the damage that is done to women who are late in the staging of breast cancer but two of my dear and young friend have been diagnosed before their 40 th birthday.
Susan B.
I am a healthcare professional in Gyn and have sen numerous cases of breast cancer in the 40-50 year old range, screening being the only way an abnormality was detected.
Kerri E.
My best friend was diagnosed at age 42 with stage 4 breast cancer that was found by chance. If exams where required at 40 it would have been found sooner.
Carole N.
I am a hairdresser, so I come in contact with a large number of people on a personal level. I hear many stories of family members, friends, and co-workers being diagnosed with breast cancer. Many before age 50, several before age 40 and some even before age 30!! One of my work family members was diagnosed in her early thirties. She lost her 11 year battle leaving behind 2 daughters. She watched her eldest daughters graduation ceremony via video from her hospital bed just days before she passed. Another work family member was diagnosed near age 50 and passed as well. My 3 step-son's biological mother was diagnosed the first time at age 39-40 and the second time at age 48-49...both times were discovered via mammogram. A long time personal client was diagnosed in her early thirties. There you have 4 women just in my own personal circle of people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer prior to age 50. I participated in the "Ride Across Maryland" for breast cancer for 10 years and listened to countless other stories from young women that were diagnosed, many of them before age 50. I want my daughters-in-law, my granddaughter, and all of the other young women in my life to have access to early screening. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY!!!
Kimberly T.
Breast Cancer does not care that you are not yet 50.
Mammograms have saved the lives of many woman under 50.

40 NOT 50!
Michele E.
I had two aunts that passed from cancer. One was originally a breast cancer survior that later died from pancreatic cancer. The other died from breast cancer many years ago. Early detection is key to giving the best chance at survival.
Natasha D.
I just want to support this important petition
Jodi K.
I support women starting mammograms at the age of 40!!!
Toni W.
My wife lost her mother to breast cancer at 51. Proper screening would have saved her life. She never met her grandchildren.
Tom M.
I have a family history of breast cancer on both my mother and fathers side. I belive early detection is the best out come for beating breast cancer. If the guildlines stay the same we will be missing alot of early diagnosis for this cancer.
Courtney A.
I know many younger women in their 40's who were saved because of early screening for breast cancer by getting a mammogram. Including my sister who was diagnosed at the age of 43. She was able to beat this disease due to early diagnosis. This also goes for pap smears for women. They changed it to every three years. Had this been 20 years ago, I would have been dead!
Cheryl D.
All radiologic results communicated on the patient portal are between the interpreting radiologist and the referring healthcare provider . You should review these results only in consultation with your healthcare provider. if appropriate please schedule a follow -up appointment with you healthcare provider to review results .
Please continue mammograms at age 40 or earlier! For my two sister in laws and my cousin who all got Breast cancer in their late 30s. They would not be alive today without the early detection of mammograms.
Too many of my friends finding out by mammogram in their early 30's that they have breast cancer!
A 3D mamogram saved my life!!!
I work with a breast cancer early detection outreach program. We educate women to get their yearly mammograms at age 40; especially as we begin seeing young women being diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for women worldwide. This is not something that can wait a few years before being checked!
57 years old lost my mother in law to breast cancer....Please why wait? It makes no sense...Early detection is what we're​ after... Detection and Prevention...
DCIS was discovered at my first mamogram at aw 40 and 2 mos. I had breast conserving surgery and radiation. My treatment finished the second week of my oldest son's Kindergarten. I am eternally grateful that my doctor ordered the mammogram at 40.
I was diagnosed at 50 years old, but it could have just as easily have been in my 40's. Thankfully, when I was diagnosed there wasn't this debate about what age to start having a mammogram. I began getting mammograms at 40. Every woman should have the chance to have their breast cancer found as early as possible. If it was your wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend, or another woman, I want that for them.
I was diagnosed at 40 and should have been able to get a mammogram at 35. By the time I was diagnosed I was stage 3b. Maybe I could have avoided a mastectomy.
I am 40. But I have no story to tell, thank God above. But I do believe the earlier, the better, and wanted to sign the petition to help. God bless all who has dealt with or who is dealing with this matter. Peace.
At 26 I found a lump, my pcp thought it was probably a cyst and recommended an ultrasound. The radiologist said it was a fibroadenoma and I could monitor it with twice yearly ultrasounds. Luckily it was uncomfortable and I opted to have to removed. Found out through the pathology post surgery that it was actual stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. Then through genetic testing I found out I was brca1 positive. I have now completed chemo and had a bilaterally mastectomy. I am cancer free but early detection saved my life. A biopsy was not done at the ultrasound because “I was too young for cancer” I was one in a thousand another radiologist told me. Your mission is so important. Young women need to be taken just as seriously as older women when it comes to surveillance.
I met a wonderful woman named Elizabeth a couple days ago, she is 52. She has a depth of beauty that made my heart skip a beat. I haven't been able to stop thinking about her since.

After sharing personal stories and smiles, our conversation got deep. I found out she is a cancer survivor. Breast Cancer. In her early 40's she felt a lump, further testing proved it to be cancer.

She would likely not be here today had she not had a mammogram. Please, 40....not 50.
Breast cancer history in my family and checking from an early age defected at an early stage my breast cancer.