I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 11th, 2014 at the age of 35with no family history, no breast cancer gene, no symptoms, and no lumps. I asked for a mammogram and thankfully my GYN sent me and it was caught EARLY with a mammogram and ultrasound. If I waited until I was 40 years old, it would have been invasive and hard to treat.
The recent guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society for screening mammography in has been raised to 45 years of age for women. There are MANY young women, 40 years and younger, that have been diagnosed with breast cancer with and withOUT risk factors. These new guidelines have a significant risk to women and their breast health. There needs to be early screenings for women 40 years and younger to prevent late detection or death from breast cancer. The American Cancer Society needs to retract their guidelines, check the statistics for the percentage of young women being diagnosed and reconsider changing the annual screening age to 25 years of age. If the age stays at 45 years of age, is there a possibility that more women will die of breast cancer and that breast cancer could become the leading cause of death in women?? I know we all do not want to find out so please sign the petition and let's start making a change and saving lives!!