These news reports are blowing my mind . I do understand the study was done on women over the age of 40, which I am not. The study showed two groups of women, one had mammos the other only manual exams. It found of the women in the group who had mammos 500 woman had deaths from bc vs the other group. 505 died who had manual exams. ( that is still 5 lives lost!! Someone’s mother, sister, friend).
Now my issue is I had a breast exam by my GYN in August 2010 and she found nothing. However I went 4 months later on December 10, 2010 for my first base line mammo since I had just turned 36. It was the mammography that found the lime size mass that I had in my right breast ,not my GYN and not by my self exams. What would have happened if I did not have the mammography? Would I have just been a static to? I feel that this information is giving women the wrong message.
The day I was diagnosed my radiologist showed me where it was, it didn’t feel like I thought. So with my sick sense of humor I let everyone except the janitor at my work feel the mass so they would know and learn what a mass feels like . To my surprise many woman also said it didn’t feel like they thought it would. I am convinced this new information will deter women from having mammographies. I know many women will look for any way to avoid a mammo. Truthfully I feel the base line age should be lowered to 30 and yearly mammos to 35. I know too many women in their mid 30’s that have breast cancer.
I understand we have better equipment to detect these tiny cancers. But for a woman like myself who had dense breasts the mammography saved my life. We want women to take care of themselves and one of these tools are mammographies AND self exams. Please don’t change the guidelines!! There will be women who are not lucky enough to find it on their own or have it missed by their physicians ( like myself). I mean really what is the point of all this wonderful technology that has been developed to find this deadly disease to now turn around and say no to use it? This is a slippery slope we should not venture down!