Because of the recent government panel's change in recommendations for breast cancer screening, I feel urged to give a reaction. The new government recommendation is for women to have mammograms once every other year, beginning at the age of 50. In addition, the panel has stated that breast self-exams are basically of no value.
Women, this is ridiculous. Totally and completely absurd. You DO need to do breast self-exams on a monthly basis, and women 40 and over DO need to have annual mammograms.
I cannot effectively communicate the passion that I have for this topic. It struck such a chord in me. It is because of breast self-exams that I was immediately worried when my tumor popped up. I knew that my breasts had changed. I had been doing breast self-exams.
So, please, please, please check your breasts every single month. Please, please, please get an annual mammogram if you're 40 or over. Know your breasts. You owe it to yourself!