Letters to the Editor

Keep up self-exams

Women must take charge of their own health! I am a breast cancer survivor because of an annual mammogram in 2002. I faithfully had these yearly since I turned 40 in 1989.

When my cancer was found it had already spread into my lymph nodes. If I had been under the plan that was suggested Nov. 17 -- "Most women don't need a mammogram in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50" -- I would not be here today to write this!

In that same article, the government panel stated that "breast self-exams do no good and women shouldn't be taught to do them."

Monthly self-examinations save lives! My daughter detected her cancer last fall through self-exam at the age of 39. She wouldn't have made it to 50 for her first mammogram! She is now among the thousands across our nation who are breast cancer survivors because of taking action when it comes to their health!

Women, let's keep saving lives! Continue our monthly self-exams and yearly mammograms!

Janet K. Ames

Fresno

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