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Baseline Mammography at 35 yrs?
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Baseline Mammography at 35 yrs?

I saw on the NBC Today show within the past 6 mos. an OB/GYN who said it was a very good idea to get a baseline mammography at 35, before the breast tissue undergoes changes related to aging.  The baseline mammograpy at 35 is supposed to help with later detection supposedly.  I have asked another medical site and they said the protocol is still 40.  What do you recommend?
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The National Cancer Institute guidelines continue to recommend mammograms beginning at age 40 every 1 to 2 years until age 50 then annually after 50.  In the American Cancer Society literature a baseline mammogram is recommended between the ages of 35 and 40.  From 40 to 49 one is recommended every 1 to 2 years depending on the findings and your physician
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At the age of 35, with no family history of breast cancer, and in very good health, I went to have a baseline mammogram.  I remember the woman in the facility saying "you don't really need to do this until you are 40", but I felt that it was the right thing to do.  It wasn't long before I was referred to a surgeon and was told based purely on my mamm films, that I would have to have a mastectomy.  It has been almost 2 years, and I am now dealing with metastatic cancer.  Please be cautious, follow your instincts, and get tested.
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