Take Charge of Your Health
A government task force is about to give insurance companies an excuse not to pay for mammograms. They are creating new guidelines that recommend women delay screening until age 50! They also recommend insurance companies only pay every other year for a mammogram and stop paying after the age of 74.
This is a tragedy. One in 5 breast cancers occur in women under age 50. These guidelines will cause diagnostic delays, force doctors to treat cancer with more aggressive treatments (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation), and cause young women to die needlessly. Young children will grow up without their mothers and families will be devastated.
The irony is that these new guidelines come at a time when doctors are making incredible progress in the early detection of breast cancer. A recent study from Canada demonstrated that starting screening mammograms at age 40 reduces breast cancer mortality by 40 percent.
New technology such as 3-D mammography, screening breast ultrasounds for women with dense breasts and screening MRI for high-risk women gives us the potential for even more dramatic
reductions in breast cancer mortality for all women.
If we do nothing to block the new guidelines, they will go into effect in 2017. We must fight back before the window of opportunity slams shut.
We have a petition for congress asking them to block these new guidelines. To have credibility, we need a million signatures, by the end of the year. We are rapidly running out of time and we need your help to convince congress to block these guidelines.
Please sign our petition and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same.
To sign the petition and to learn more about our campaign go to: 40not50.com
Every Woman’s Guide to Optimal Breast Care
I wrote the book Prevent Survive Thrive because of my growing frustration that women in America are not receiving optimal breast care. They’re confused by conflicting guidelines about what to do and when to do it. As a result, the diagnosis of breast cancer is often delayed and the chances for cured are greatly reduced.
A disturbing example is the story of Michelle Watson, who found a breast lump at age 22, when she was a college senior. Her doctor told her not to worry because she was too young to get breast cancer. When she told her parents about the lump, they were concerned. Arrangements were made for a second opinion, but she was again told she was “too young to get breast cancer”.
Two years later she became aware of increasing back pain. The pain became sever and eventually a bone scan was done. The scan showed evidence of metastatic cancer. Finally, a breast biopsy was done. The biopsy proved that she had breast cancer, which had spread to her bones.
Michelle underwent aggressive chemotherapy, but died at the age of 26. It never should have happened. If a directed ultrasound had been done when the lump was first detected the diagnosis would have been obvious. A needle biopsy would have made the diagnosis. Had this been done, Michelle would likely be alive today.
I wrote this book to educate women about optimal breast care. I wrote it to empower them to be advocates for their own health. I wrote it so they would know when to get a second opinion.
Finally, I wrote it to give women hope and inspire them to never give-up.
This book can save your life or the life of a loved one. It is a must-read for any woman who wants clear explanations about what they can do to insure they receive the best care possible.
For more information on Prevent Survive Thrive go to: BreastCare.com