Jeannie Gets Her Mammo, Shares Some New Math
Maybe you hated math class, but we can all do a simple subtraction problem. And that's all you need to make an important determination about mammograms.
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Saint Petersburg, FL
#1 Jul 27, 2011
I'm skeptical about this article. Clearly breast cancer runs in my family. My mother had it at age 38 long before mammograms (she survived). My grandmother had it at age 86. I had it at age 60.
So what should my daughters do? Personally I think they should go with their grandmother's age -- 38 and be getting them by 28. If they waited until 10 years younger than me, that's 50, and WAY too late given our family.
Genetic testing won't really help here unless a person just wants to know what gene testing can tell them today. What we can do today is not the final answer. We don't know that they have found all the genes that can trigger breast cancer. We know there are two. We don't know there are ONLY two.
In addition, the breast tissue of my daughters will be very dense. A mammogram will give them no peace of mind.
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