Pam Pierce had her second mammogram at age 45. It revealed a tumor in her breast that she had not known was there, even though she performed regular breast self-exams. She had a mastectomy seven days after this discovery, followed by six rounds of chemotherapy and five years of Tamoxifen. Today, she has been cancer-free for 10 years.
"To have mammograms not being offered until age 50 is an outrage and taking a risk with women's lives. I have a 32-year-old daughter, and she now has a breast cancer [family] history. I want this available to her and all young women who need them."
For more personal stories about breast cancer, visit BreastCancer.org. (Courtesy Pam Pierce)