I have never agreed with Elizabeth Hasselback on any topic, at any time – until today. She called the new mammogram recommendations Gender-cide and she couldn’t be more correct on this.
Other than the fact that I personally have six female friends who I know owe their lives to having mammograms in their 40s, there is statistical evidence as well.
If you look at the death rates for women in places that do not pay for nor require mammograms for women in their 40s the death rate from breast cancer spikes in the 40-50 age range. (Places to check Utah – the only state that doesn’t cover mammograms for woman in their 40s and the UK which also doesn’t recommend or cover them).
This is a big WTF!? I feel very strongly that you should continue to get mammograms early and through out your 40s whether or not there is a family history of breast cancer. If you are over 40 and have never had a mammogram – call and get one scheduled NOW! If you have a mammogram scheduled – KEEP THE APPOINTMENT! Having a mammogram could just save your life.