This BLOG is about BREAST CANCER AWARENESS UNDER THE AGE OF 40 and advocating for yourself to get a baseline mammogram. Early detection is crucial especially for women under the age of 40. Fewer than 5 percent of women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40. Yes, it is a small percentage, but YOU could be part of that percentage, I am. Often times, women under the age of 40 may have false positives or dense breast tissue, but it is better to know that in advance and monitor changes when you receive a mammogram again when you are 40 years old. If you are over the age of 40, please get a mammogram.
My whole breast cancer diagnosis is somewhat surreal and I still cannot believe that I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 with no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer does not run in my family. The reason that I had my first baseline mammogram was because a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. I thought to myself, I should probably get my baseline mammogram to check things out on my own.
My husband was going to be out of town on Saturday, January 12, 2017, so I thought, that sounds like a great day to get a mammogram! I scheduled my appointment online and that was that, so I thought… I needed to get my gynocologist to sign off on the papers for my scheduled mammogram. I spoke with the Nurse Practitioner and she asked, “Have you noticed any lumps or changes in your breasts.” and my answer was “NO.” She also asked, “Does breast cancer run in your family.” and my answer was “NO.” The Nurse Practitioner said that the Gyncologist doesn’t usually recommend a patient getting a mammogram unless they have answered yes to the questions that she had asked me.