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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.
My friend was diagnosed with breast cancer that was the size of a grapefruit.
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.
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.
I was 38 years old when I discovered a pea size lump in my left breast. After mammogram and ultra sound the radiologist recommended a biopsy. Yes it was cancer. After a lumpectomy and radiation I am 25 years cancer free. If I had waited until 50 for a mammogram I would not be here to tell my story.
Linda S.
I think they should start mammograms at 30. I'm 35 and recently diagnosed with NO family history. This is happening too often lately. Something is going on and more needs to be done. My DOCTOR did my annual exam 13 days before I found the lump myself. He missed it. But a mammogram wouldn't have.
I got cancer when I was 40 and started mammograms when I was 35 because it ran in my family.
I had a friend who would still be alive from early diagnosis
She left me at 30yrs spread every where.
I was personally diagnosed at 45 yrs, caught in first stage, no symptoms or signs. I just decided it was time for a mamo. It was the size of tip of an eraser. Biopsy, malignant
Lymph nodes no cancer cells. I was positive receptor which meant I still had periods.
I was given radiation and tomifixen. Going on 20 years in remission, as I learned your never cancer free your in remission. Get yearly mamos, but desire the 3D but my insurance not cover, though they should test every woman with 3D.
It's far more accurate.
Mamo, early detection saved
my life.
Sarah Sue Fink
I had routine mammograms starting at age 40. I breast feed my two children. Invery rarely got even a cold. At age 48, I went for my annual mammogram and they found four tumors in my left breast. No lumps, no pain, just four tumors in a year. Fortunately, I was lucky that routine screening caught things early. Nothing had spread to nodes. Hady mastectomy and reconstruction. Six months later I am healed and cancer free. I only have to take Tamoxifen every day. I survived cancer and kicked it's ass! Because I had my screening, I can close my short chapter on cancer. I truly believe that is ONLY because of early detection. All women need to be screened starting at 40. Not only does it save lives, but the cost of cancer treatment to both the patient and the insurance companies.
My wife and sister have benefited from early detection in their 40s
My mother had breast cancer 20 plus years a go. She had a mastectomy on her left breast. A few years back when my mother was 85 years old, unfortunately at the time doctors felt when a woman reaches a certain age they don't do mammogram screenings nor pap smears anylonger? I change her PTP to Dr. Hooper in Huntington Beach and she sent my mother over to BreastLink for a mammogram. They found a tumor. She had a mastectomy in time before it got any larger. Thanks to the surgeons and oncologist at BreastLink my mother is doing well today at 87 years old.
Just found out a friend/neighbor has breast cancer. By the time she found out Stage 4. She avoided going for a check up out of fear as it was already a lump, bleedy and in pain. It has spread. We pray for her and others. YES, do encourage mamograms and other screenings. Thank you.
I was diagnosed at 44 stage 2 by the time it was found & a Mastectomy was my only option due to the size of the tumor & it spreading to other parts of my breast. Although my mammogram did not catch it due to the density of my breast tissue I believe it is important to get screened early. My cousin was diagnosed just over a year later at the age of 44 and her mammogram found her cancer. A MRI reveled cancer in another location of her breast so a mastectomy was her only option. Save lives mammograms at 40 and earlier if there is a family history.
I know a few women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in their forties. All three diagnosed by mammogram. My cousin who lost her battle left behind six children. The second a friend who is a long time survivor but has faced battle after battle. The third a one year survivor because of early detection with a mammogram. These are three women in particular who are close to me. It doesn’t include the coworkers and acquaintances, all under fifty years of age. Had I only known of one woman, friend, family or acquaintance, I’d say we need mammogram before age fifty. If early detection saves only one person it is worth it. Mammograms save lives. Lives of mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, friends and acquaintances.
I was diagnosed at 41. I was in shock because breast cancer does not run in my family. I have since learned that ANYONE can get breast cancer and it is very RANDOM. However, some people do carry the gene that can be passed down. Luckily I was tested & do not carry the gene but others aren’t so lucky...
I felt a lump in my breast at 36. I saw my Dr. I was told “it is nothing to worry about, it’s not cancerous.”
They sent me for a mammogram. It was negative and I was told by the radiologist that she’d see me “when I was 40.”
At my yearly gynecologist appt at 38, the lump had grown quite a bit and was becoming very painful. They sent me for another mammogram. The radiologist decided to biopsy two different spots in my left breast, even though she thought they’d be negative, because I had been “dealing with this for so long.”
She said she would call me Tuesday with the results... I got the phone call from her on Monday. I had DCIS high nuclear grade 3. It was all over my left breast and she said that I needed to prepare myself for a double mastectomy. At the time they did not know if any of it had become micro-invasive.
Three different physicians recommended that I have a double mastectomy.
My sentinel lymph node was negative, and no signs of invasive breast cancer when the pathology came back from my surgery.
I consider myself lucky. I was 38 & it was a good thing I didn’t wait till I was 40.

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at 47. I started getting biannual mammograms at 38 based on recommendations from my gynecologist. I am glad I did, as it gave me peace of mind.
I came from a family that have history of breast cancer I didn't know them but I'm 40 and I'll love to be check out because before, I feel a little ball on my left side, and the doctor told me to get a biopsy done, and i didn't do it

I'm a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed when I was 37 years old, found the lump during a self check with I was 34 years old.

I'm using my voice, #tooloudtoignore, to advocate inside my breast cancer community.

My goal is to be intentionally disruptive so we can be the change women need to empower, grow, love and live a good life!

xoxo - Heidi
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.