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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.

#40NOT50
While getting dressed for my husband's Christmas party, I felt a lump in my left breast. I didn't think much of it, I was only 36 years old after all, and I had just had a breast exam in September at my yearly gynecologist appointment. My husband pushed for me to get it checked, and it's a good thing he did. The results of the biopsy were stage 2 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. Triple negative breast cancer is very aggressive, so it was a good thing it was caught early. Treatment consisted of chemotherapy, lumpectomy, and radiation. As a young survivor, I am now an advocate for early screening and self breast exams, no one is immune to breast cancer.
Mother, sister and maternal aunt...I have had mammograms since age 30...my 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.
Marcela
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.
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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.
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!!