Sheila Swallows began mammograms at the age of 41. At age 44, she had her first abnormal result, which showed a pre-cancer in her left breast. Eighteen months later, just before her 46th birthday, she had another abnormal mammogram, and six months after that, a mammogram found a cancer that had not yet spread.
"Without the vigilant screening with the mammograms starting around the age of 41, I wouldn't have discovered the cancer until it had grown large enough to feel and become invasive to the surrounding breast tissue -- and possibly to the lymph nodes -- and at that point [I] would have had to go through chemotherapy and radiation treatments."
For more personal stories about breast cancer, visit BreastCancer.org. (Courtesy Sheila Swallows)