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I am a 37 year old female that doesn't have a story, however I would love to keep it that way! I will soon be approaching 40 and would hate to have missed the opportunity to catch anything that could be wrong within time. This is why it is so important that the screening stay in place where it is. I have 2 children that would love to take care of me in my my golden years versus my years that I should still be able to work and provide for them. I understand budget cuts but it makes you question what other areas can make budget cuts??? Oh wait I guess preserving human life is not the first priority!
Better safe than sorry.
My good friend's life was saved because she had her mammogram at 40. She would not have survived without a mammogram at 40
Family history of cancer, and yes it's best to detect it sooner than later.
I have been a cytogenetic technologist for 22 years and am directly involved with analyzing whether women who have breast cancer have the specific Her-2/Neu gene. I can tell you from direct knowledge that the earlier detection can be initiated, the chances of survival and remission are dramatically increased. I am 100% behind the 40not50 movement!
I believe this is important to save lives.
I know first hand, cancer is a huge personal burden. I can't imagine women in their 40's learning they have metastatic disease just because our congress didn't act. This is a fight we can win, regardless of our politics. Earlier detection saves loves! It is THAT simple.
A friend of mine got a mammogram at 40 and found out she had cancer. She was able to beat it because they found it early.
I had an abnormal Mammogram at 40. Two Aunts with Breast Cancer and one was Stage IV at Diagnosis. They are my 'tatas'! Not Yours!
I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in the right breast at the age of 37 (September 2017) I had a bilateral mastectomy with diep flap reconstruction (October 2017) I went thru 4 rounds of chemo (taxotere & cytoxan every 3 wks) I had nipple restoration with fat grafting as well. I am now taking exestamane and the zoradex injection but probably will end up stopping the injection due to bad side effects. I have only had 1 injection so far. I personally think mammograms should be started on women after they have their first child.
I actually felt a bump on my right breast October 2018 made a appointment right away was sent for ultrasound I guess they won’t do ultrasound without having a mammogram done first so had them done same day, something suspicious found so was sent for a biopsy December 18. 3 days later I was diagnosed with cancer. I’m 39 years old who knows how long this tumor has been growing inside my breast, had I not felt it I don’t know in another 10 years what damage it may have caused.
2001 Hematology Oncology nurse in Savannah Ga, My first real job as a nurse I loved it. A few weeks after my 40th birthday I scheduled my mammogram but we were short staffed when that day rolled around myself and a colleague had to cancel. A few months later I started feeling wore down tired with the feeing I needed to shower several times a day . I decided to call and schedule the mammogram I missed a few month earlier, I went on a Wednesday April 11 2001 I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat in a place where I had sent thousands of people for scans, and mammograms and here I was not a clue what was about to happen. I finished the mammogram waited in the small room and all of the sudden Norman appeared someone I knew only by the telephone, someone who had called so many times to give results for the patients that had been sent for scans and mammograms . He looked at me and I knew what was about to be delivered to me . I had Bi Rads 5 Breast cancer I had the type that would not form a lump the kind only a mammogram would find. It was a forever changing day I had mastectomy chemo and 5 years of Tamoxifen and 18 years later I am still alive and cancer free. Mammograms save lives. Please be an advocate for yourself and do not miss , skip or be afraid of getting a mammogram. If you have a first degree relative mother grandmother or father who has had breast or a female with history of ovarian cancer ask your Dr what age you should start getting mammograms.
Stay well and much love always Susie van der Glas .
My mother had breast cancer at the age of 43. She felt a lump and went to the doctor to get a mammogram done and she had in between stage 2 and stage 3 breast cancer. She is now 5 years free of breast cancer.
Amandia S.
I was diagnosed at 40 after skipping a year in between my first and second mammo. My cancer was caught early and didn't spread. Had I waited any longer the outcome could have been drastically different.
I am a breast cancer survivor of 28 years. I was diagnosed at the age of 28. A mammogram saved my life. With a very strong family history of breast cancer, I started getting mammograms at 23. Early detection is key and prolonging the start of mammograms to age 50 could be deadly.
Kris K.
I am 44 years and was recently diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Had I waited to have a mammogram at the age of 50, I would not be able to say I would have a good prognosis of survival from Breast Cancer. I am so grateful for having mammograms at the age of 40. The doctor clearly stated, "You are the prime example of why women need to have mammograms done before 50".
Debbie S.
My story on why mammograms need to start at age 40. If I had to wait to have my first mammogram when I was 50, then I probably wouldn't be here now or I would have breast cancer. Because, I was able to have my annual mammogram, a small pre cancerous tumor was caught at Zero instead of not being discovered until it was too late. I would not have been able to feel this one during a self-exam due to the location. I am thankfully to the Drs. that pushed me to follow through with my exam that year. Instead of celebrating the birth of my first grandson and being able to meet him - I would a picture my son would have to tell his son about . No woman or family should have to face a lose that can be prevent with an exam.
Laura
My sister was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at 44 years old. She has been fighting for her life for over a year. She had chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy and has to continue chemo for another month. Early detection is key!
Georgette C.
Too many people i love diagnosed with breast cancer just last year
Mary B.
I am a 41 year old female with a family history of various cancer related illnesses. Without these tests being performed on me at 39 and 40, I may have been without notice if there were a problem. I am thankful that my doctor(s) so fit to perform these tests given my families history.
Stephanie B.
My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at age 44. It was her 1st mammogram and she had to have a radical mastectomy and chemo. Luckily she is still cancer free, but if she waited until 50 she would not be here today. I've also been aggressively screened since 40 and have had 2 biopsies so far, luckily with clear results. It's too important and the technology is available to help keep women on top of their healthcare.
Amy E.
40 NOT 50
Ben
I was diagnosed at age 47 but was told that by the size of my tumor that I'd probably had breast cancer for 1-2 years. Early detection is crucial & the age for a mammogram should be 40!!!
Gina L.
Because I want fair and proper health care.
Kim H.
My mom got diagnose with breast cancer at age 32.
Anabel V.
My mom was misdiagnosed at 28 they told her your lump you feel is nothing your too young and just had a baby at 29 it had spread at 39 she was dead I am the oldest of 3 found mine at 41 my baby was 6 months old no one was telling me I was too young my sister found hers at 40 after her 3rd baby all of us hormone positive my aunt and my cousin both had breast CA later in life because one had no children they other hysterectomy at 35 anyway there is no rule saying Cancer strikes after 50 we are living proof
I know quite a few women who had breast cancer in their early 40s. With early detection, 15-20 years later they are either cancer free or continue to live with Cancer.
I believe the mammograms save lives and should be done starting at 40 not 50 . It prevents cancer and is not costly as cancer treatments.
My best friend has stage 4 breast cancer. She's a mother of 6. And now it has spread threw out and her brain. This is very hard for her family.
I hope we win this petition!
I come from a family with a history of breast cancer. Unfortunately and sadly it has taken a few of my cousins lives. I believe if they were diagnosed earlier, they would still be here with us today. This medically statement that women should start to have mammograms at 50 needs to change drastically. This is why I'm signing this petition. We can change from women dying to living.
Thanks
I was diagnosed with stage IIB/III breast cancer at age 42. A digital mammogram saved my life, otherwise, if I had to wait until 50 I would most likely not be alive.
My best friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 at 44. It would have never been caught unless she had a mammogram.
I have two aunts that had breast cancer. One passed. The other was diagnosed at 80. If she didn't have a mammogram she would have passed too. She will celebrate her 90th birthday in November.
My mammography tech saved my life. I was 47 when, during my preventative mammogram, I mentioned that I noticed a shift in my breast tissue and a small pea sized solid lump... that lump turned out to be benign but that tech noted the shift which triggered my PCP to order a second look... which found a tumor... which was very aggressive. Yes, my team of doctors fought with chemo and surgery to remove cancer from my body. However, if that tech hadn't listened, hadn't noted my concern, during a routine mammogram, I may not be here now... and a mammography at age 50 would very likely have been too late and certainly more damaging to my body and more expensive to treat. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have a routine mammogram, for a great tech and the team of doctors and nurses that treated me.
My very first mammogram at age 43, resulted in a
breast cancer diagnosis. I wonder if I'd be alive today, if this test happened seven years later when I would have been 50 years old.! P.S. No history of breast cancer in my family.. GET the test, get it at age 40! This shouldn't even be a discussion.
I am 38 yrs ago. But my just over 40yr old friend had her mammogram done and they should something. If she didn’t go and didn’t find it. Who know what could have been. Thank god she did
In 2009, at the age of 49, a routine annual mastectomy detected breast cancer. I was lucky enough that my cancer was detected at stage III C and still treatable-were it not for that routine mastectomy, I would not be here today.
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.