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CANCER SURVIVOR WANTS AGE RESTRICTION FOR MAMMOGRAMS REDUCED

Just months after undergoing radiation treatment to fight breast cancer, Alicia Sugrim is now advocating for women below 40 who donโ€™t have a history of cancer to also be considered for mammogram tests. In general, the screening is not recommended for women below 40. However, for women with genetic mutations, screening can begin at 25, and in women with a family history of breast cancer, screening is often initiated 10 years earlier than the first affected relative in the family, the Cleveland Clinic has reported. Sugrim, who made an attempt to get a mammogram test prior to being diagnosed at 36-years-old and was denied the test, believes this should change. By this time, her cancer cells had progressed to stage three cancer.

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