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I was detected with breast cancer last year when I was 63. I was operated on and given radiation because it was found so early with a mammogram. That's when I started thinking of all the younger women having to go through everything I went through except they had to go through chemotherapy also. I am thankful that I didn't have to do this, and I am sure the only reason they had to was because they were detected too late. I was told for years that my two first cousins who died of breast cancer was not part of the genetic line up, grandmother, mother or sister. I had the Braca test done a few years ago because my new OBG didn't believe that. The test came back negative so you can only imagine how shocked I was when my mammogram and biopsy came back positive. I believe that EVERY women aged 40 (or even younger if it runs in the family) should have a mammogram to detect early breast cancer.
It will save their life!!
My mother had breast cancer at the age of 39. So starting mammograms at 50 is insane. I myself needed to start well before 40. But in general, breast cancer needs to be caught earlier. If we increase the age of when to begin screening that will increase deaths caused by breast cancer. I am not okay with that!
I am a 59-year old adopted female without a medical history. I have two daughters and a granddaughter. I have been receiving mammograms since the age of 33 in order to establish a baseline and create my own history. For women like me early mammograms may not only save our lives but the lives of our female family members.
Breast Surgical Specialist
1/3 of my cancers are less than 50 yo
Definitely at least 40 not 50. At 38, with no family history of breast cancer, I felt a lump. My mammogram showed nothing as I had dense breast tissue. I had no children. Despite my OB/GYN's opinion that it was nothing, I demanded to see a breast surgeon who sent me immediately for an ultrasound. I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer that invaded 5 lymph nodes. At 38, specialists foresaw a 50/50 chance of recurrence of my cancer. I had a mastectomy, tram flap reconstruction and participated in a stem cell clinical trial, along with chemo and radiation. I listened my body and not my OB/GYN, and am now a 21-year breast cancer survivor. Mammograms promote early detection, survival and protect women from advanced stages of cancer. It's an essential preventative measure. I would push for 30-35 not 50.
I know 4 women that were diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50, one woman was diagnosed while pregnant with her 4th child, at 38 yrs old, so she couldn't start chemo until after she had the baby. She is now cancer free at 52 yrs old.

My sister went to doc after feeling knots n lumps in her breasts and eventually had a lumpectomy, thankfully there was no cancer present, she was only 36 years old at the time.
I was diagnosed with stage 1 Breast cancer 2 months after my 49th birthday! Waiting to get a screen until I was 50 could've meant the difference between stage 1 and stage 2! This is appalling to hear the government and big business want to delay early screening which is the key to beating this disease!!
I have suggest by my doctor to do mammogram but previous report is normal so I donor want to do again
I managed the breast cancer program for the Vietnamese Asian in Orange County from 2009-2016. I witnessed the fact women need to have mammogram at age 40 saving individual life because of breast cancer early detection!
I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma at age 50. In the ten previous years that I received mammograms, I had been called back for additional imaging 4 or 5 times. I was told that I had dense breast tissue, which makes it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.

I am convinced that had I not had those historical images to compare, my cancer may have gone undetected past Stage I.

40 not 50!

I look forward to better healthcare for women and I appreciate the work you are doing towards that effect.
I’m 38. I want to get a breast exam every year after I turn 40.
My left breast implant was leaking at age 42. Before the plastic surgeon would take out the implant, and also the silicone that was in my breast tissue out, she required me to get a mammogram. The radiologist saw something suspicious on the mammogram, and I was sent to a breast cancer specialist. During the biopsy surgery, the Cancer doctor removed the suspicious looking lump, and also a smaller one directly under it that didn’t show up on the imaging. When the results came back, the small lump that had shown up on imaging turned out to be a calcium deposit. The smaller lump under the calcium deposit turned out to be “pre-cancerous cells of what would have turned into an an aggressive form of breast cancer.” I was 42 years old. I am 55 now, and still have yearly checkups with that same breast cancer specialist. WOMEN NEED TO START GETTING YEARLY MAMMOGRAMS AT AGE 40.
I was diagnosed at age 37 with stage 3A breast cancer. Thankfully my mom paved the way for me and they took me seriously. I hear of so many other survivors that did not have that luxury or advice or medical coverage.

I have a podcast now to give back to others survivors, help them to know they have a voice and support!
I support testing at 40.
Denise M.
I know 3women who but breast cancer before the age of 50. I ask that you add my name to the petition to make the guidelines start at 40 years old instead of 50 years old. Thank you for your consideration.
Denea W.
I have friends that are breast cancer survivors only because of early detection.
Mariana R.
My mom was diagnosed at 39. The earlier the better. ...#40not50
Alycia A
I was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42. At that time I had a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation. Five years and eleven months later, while still in my 40's, I was once again diagnosed with breast cancer in the same breast. At that time I decided it was best to have my breast removed, followed by reconstruction surgery.
In the same year as my second occurrence of breast cancer, my younger sister, who was only 45 years of age, was also told she had breast cancer. She had a much more advanced form of breast cancer so she had a mastectomy and chemotherapy .
Both my sister and I might not have been so lucky with our treatments if we had not been diagnosed before we reached the age of 50.
No one should have to wait until they are 50 to start mammograms. No matter how few lives are saved, it is so wrong for anyone to decide that each and every life saved is not an important life.
Marcia H.
I was diagnosed w/ Stage 2 invasive. infiltrating, ductal carcinoma of the the left breast when i was 31 years old. Treatment - partial mastectomy w/ chemotherapy and radiation. That was 29 years ago. Waiting til 50 for first mammograms is irresponsible. it is proven that women are getting breast cancer earlier and earlier. A friend of mine was not allowed by insurance to receive a mammogram until age 50. By then it was much to late. She lost her battle at the age of 51. Women must be allowed to receive mammograms and imaging by age 40 or if family history, like my daughter when the medical doctors deem it necessary. Although my story is unique in that it was found in my thirties, There was no lump to be felt as it was in the very back of the breast wall. There are countless women out there who too cannot feel the lump, like my friend, that would be alive today if they were screened at the age of 40.
Debra M.
At 40 I had a regular doctors check up where my physician was able to express bloody fluid from one of my nipples. I had a diagnostic mammogram and was seen by a breast specialist. Thankfully it was found to be a benign finding....the diagnosis being cystic in nature. But for many women, this finding would have been a sign of breast cancer. I am now scheduled for yearly mammograms. As a nurse, regular check ups and mammograms give me the reassurance that I am doing everything I can for health maintenance and disease prevention. I have three small kids, my health is vitally important now in my 40s for their sake.
Debbie J.
I do not have a personal story. I just do not support Mammograms starting at age 50 when this disease is so strong in woman so much younger. My best friend died at age 33 from cancer. Another friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. Starting mammograms at age 50 is unacceptable!!
Kathleen S.
I've watched too many friends go through this--why in the WORLD wouldn't we do everything in our power to get ahead of this if we have the chance?? 40 not 50--for all of the girls and women who you love.
I am a strong believer in beginning early. I have an aunt who died of breast cancer and believe that if her insurance approved earlier exams, her life may have been prolonged with proper diagnosis and treatment.
Cecilia C.
I did not have a personal breast ca experience, but starting mammo at age 40 saved life for 2 of my girlfriends
Inga L.
My mom was diagnosed before 40 and had a lumpectomy. One of my dear friends passed at 40 last year from breast cancer. We need to be able to chose getting our mammograms younger because even people with no family history can be diagnosed under 40.
Stephanie M.
There is a very long line and history of breast cancer on my mother's side of the family. That being said I believe early detection is the best way to get ahead of this disease. Watching my great grandmother and grandmother go through chemotherapy several times was heartbreaking. My mother's breast cancer was caught early enough that she only had to go through radiation and thank God no signs of the cancer has returned in the last five years.
I have a family memeber who was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 27 yrs old. Has had a double masectomy and is still not able to have children yet. without early detection she may not be alive today.
My sister is the charge Nurse on a cancer floor at a local hospital she believes we should start all cancer screenigs at a much younger age than we currently do.
I'm a Mammo tech who used to be a Chief Techologist at. Women's Center in Ventura, California. I ran statistics on the percentage of breast cancers we diagnosed with mammography on women under 50. That percentage was 25% of women diagnosed at our facility were under 50 years old. Many lives were saved due to early detection for these women who otherwise would have had more advanced, and possible life threatening breast cancers.
Too many people have a breast cancer risk at 40 to change the mammogram criteria to 50
I believe mammograms should start in a womens mid 30s considering I have friends who were diagnosed in their late 30s.
At 39 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. With surgery, aggressive chemo and radiation I was cancer free for 8 years. In the summer of 2016 I was 49 when I was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer.
No story
Early detection is important..40
I work in a doctors office and feel that screening should be done at a younger age. I have a family history and worry about myself. Being that I am currently to young at the age of 32 I hate thinking that I will have to wait till age 50 unless I have symptoms.
I had my first mammogram at the age of 42, and was diagnosed with stage 2 Breast Cancer, that had already spread to my lymph nodes. I am so grateful to my OB who suggested I get a mammogram. I had chemo, radiation and a few surgeries and now 2 years later I am stronger than ever before. A mammogram at 42 literally saved my life!
We average 1 new breast cancer/week in a woman in her 40s.

This controversy is about money not evidence.
Mother-in-law had breast cancer, recently, and was treated. It was detected early, accidentally.
I was diagnosed at 42, at a regular mammogram. I could not feel my tumor, and neither could my doctors, and don't know where I would be without that screening test. I was diagnosed with TNBC, and have now completed 5 months of chemo and a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Ten months later, I've achieved a complete response the chemo, and no remaining cancer was found in the breast at surgery. How different would my story be if I'd have waited until 50? I dont even want to imagine...because I want to live.
On my yearly checkup with my Obgyn she suggested I have a mammogram I was 40, I did have one that year and discovered that I did have a breast cancer. It would not have been detected by doing a self exam as these were calcifications that were small but we’re cancerous, due to the mammogram detecting them I had to have a mastectomy then as the margins were not clear after the lumpectomy but since they were caught early I did not have to have chemo or radiation. I do believe early detection is best and if I had to wait until 50 it would of been much worse.