Outrage over new mammography guidelines

November 17, 2009

I am outraged and very scared over the new guidelines for mammography and self breast exams published by the US Preventative Services Task Force yesterday. These doctors and scientists working for the govt. stated that it is not necessary to perform self breast exams or for women under the age of 50 to have routine mammograms.
At age 42, I found a lump in my breast and a mammogram and subsequent biopsy confirmed stage I breast cancer. Had I not found the lump and waited 8 years for my first routine mammogram at age 50, I would most likely be dead right now or living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer! According to their report, these doctors claim that the results for routing screenings prior to the age of 50 are not statistically significant. Well as one individual who benefitted from self breast exam and mammogram, I am significant!
I can’t help but wonder if regressing back to guildelines prior to 1980 actually have a lot to do with reducing health care costs.
They also say that mamograms prior to age 50 lead to anxiety in women and many false positives. Let me tell you, breast cancer produces a lot more anxiety than having a mammogram.
Ladies, perform your self exams and get you routine mammograms…you have nothing to lose other than your lives!!!!!!!

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The Up side of breast cancer

June 14, 2009

Ok ladies, I am sure you are thinking there is no up side of breast cancer, it sucks!  Well you are right in many ways but I am trying to find the silver lining in what otherwise is a pretty traumatic event in a women’s life.  I was diagnosed in late 2007 and have dedicated myself since then to empowering women with breast cancer by helping them connect with the resources they need to live the fullest possible lives during treatment and beyond.

I was in the Gucci store in Boston the other day and there was another customer who caught my eye.  I would guess that she was in her fifties, tall and thin, well dressed, tanned and completely bald.  What I noticed most about her was that she had this radiating glow.  As we shopped simultaneoulsy I over heard her telling the sales girl that she didn’t mind being in her fifties and that she was really excited about getting her new “20 year old” breasts.  It was obvious that this woman was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  What struck me about her was her amazing attitude and how that attitude came through so loudly in everything about her.  I wanted to say something to her, like I have been there and you are such an inspiration to me.  I didn’t approach her because I didn’t want to be intrusive but I regret not saying anything.  So if by some freak chance you are reading this “Gucci lady”, you rock!!!!!!

Have a positive story or thought about breast cancer, I’d love to here it.