Get Your Girls Ready for Their Close-up
By Denise Foley
Get your girls ready for their close up! Remember that recommendation that women put off getting their first mammogram until age 50? Well, many experts believe it’s bad advice — especially since a new study has found that women in their 40s with no family history of breast cancer are just as likely to get breast cancer as those with the disease on the family tree.
That means that if you wait until you’re 50 to get your first mammogram, as recommended, your breast cancer might not be caught until it’s “larger, more difficult to treat and more likely to have spread,” says researcher Stamatia V. Destounis, a radiologist at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care LLC in Rochester, N.Y., who revealed the findings of her study at the recent annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).