These guidelines include:
• baseline mammogram between ages 35 and 40;
• yearly mammograms beginning at 40 and continuing each year; and
• breast self-examination (although this shouldn't be the sole screening method, and the American Cancer Society considers it optional, regular self-examination is a useful tool for discovering abnormalities in breast tissue).
In advocating its own guidelines, the American Cancer Society cites an extensive 2003 expert-panel finding that "screening with mammography reduces breast-cancer mortality in women ages 40-74.
Here is to hoping and praying that Baby Brooke
can grow up never knowing what breast cancer is.
May we all work together to obliterate it forever.