Anyone reading or listening to the news knows that the United States Preventative Task Force has recommended that women under 50 not have regular mammogram screenings - a total turn around from their recommendations in 2002.
According to PBS:
Members of the panel, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said that screening for breast cancer too early and too often can lead to false alarms, unnecessary biopsies and unnecessary anxiety for women.
I think a little mental and physical discomfort might be a small price to pay for the knowledge that a woman doesn't have breast cancer or, if they do, it has been caught early. I know too many women under 50, 40 and even 30, who've experienced breast cancer. In several cases it has been severe and required some extreme measures. Had they waited until they felt a lump, the cancer would have been too advanced. I'm no doctor, thank heavens for potential patients, but I've always heard that the younger you are the faster the cancer grows.
The panel on Monday also recommended that most women stop getting regular mammograms after age 74, and that doctors should no longer teach women to do breast self-examinations.