What age should women get a mammogram?
"My first mammogram was a routine mobile mammogram in January of 2018," Angela Cross, a breast cancer survivor, said
Cross was 45 at the time.
"Three days or so later, I got a call saying there's something we need to look at more closely," Cross said
Cross received the news no one ever wants to hear.
"She said this is cancer, I feel like we've caught it early and made the appointment. I remember my knees buckling and the room started spinning," Cross said.
She's thankful she got her mammogram when she did and didn't wait until 50 as recommended by the American College of Physicians.
"It terrifies me, because if I had not felt that pressure from my gynecologist to get that mammogram if I had waited five more years, I have not doubt my cancer journey would have been much more difficult," Cross added.
Dr. Nicole Walker, who is a breast surgical oncologist, agrees.
"We have a big group of women in their 40s to 50s, and 16 percent of all breast cancers are diagnosed in women ages 40-49," Dr. Nicole Walker, of CHI Memorial, said.
That's why Dr. Walker said the latest recommendation is so important.
"The latest recommendation from the American Society of Breast Surgeons is that women of average risk start their screening mammogram at 40," Dr. Walker said.
Cross said she never takes anything for granted and has this advice for women.
"Get those mammograms and don't be afraid of what they are going to show cause the treatments are out there," Cross said.