Early detection provides options

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 9:02 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Re "More doubts on need for mammogram" (Page A1, Feb. 12): When I was 50, a mammogram identified an aggressive form of DCIS breast cancer, for which I received a mastectomy.

According to a Canadian study, I should have been denied a routine mammogram, thereby allowing me to stay blissfully ignorant until a noticeable lump appeared.

At that point, treatment would give me a statistically good chance of beating it. However, what if a lump is not caught in time? I know a woman in her 40s and another in her 50s who died of breast cancer. Early diagnosis gives you options and choices not present in the later stages of cancer.

-- Janis Shank McLean, Gold River

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