Think you’re too young to get breast cancer? Think again.
At just 35, Lindsay was diagnosed with breast cancer, which her doctor found early thanks to her persistence—and to the Genius® 3D Mammography™ exam.
Imagine if you had a history of breast and ovarian cancer on both sides of your family. You might think, ‘I better take precautions.’ But when you ask your doctor about getting a mammogram, you have to “fib” about how old your mom was when she was diagnosed because you’re supposedly too young to get breast cancer!
This is exactly what happened to Lindsay, who shares her story as a breast cancer survivor in this moving video. Her mom’s two sisters both passed away from cancer—one at just 22—and her mom had breast cancer.
“When I was 35, I talked to my doctor about wanting to get screened early for breast cancer,” says Lindsay. “They were hesitant at first, so I fibbed a bit and said my mom was younger than she was when she was diagnosed. My doctor then allowed me to have my first mammogram at 35. But I had to fight for it.”
As Lindsay’s mom, Deidre, says in the video: “She didn’t take no for an answer. And thank God she didn’t. If she had not had that mammogram at that point in time, we would have been on an entirely different journey.”
That first mammogram—a Hologic Genius® 3D Mammography™ exam—showed no signs of cancer. But a year later, when it was time again for her annual mammogram, Lindsay found a lump. “I went to the doctor, and they said it was probably a cyst because I was so young.”
Erring on the side of caution, the doctor sent her for an ultrasound, but before it was even scheduled, he decided to do a Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam for diagnostic purposes. “That’s when I knew it wasn’t good,” says Lindsay. “The doctor came in and told me right then and there that there was a 99 percent chance that I had breast cancer. I was in shock. I just couldn’t die!”
Lindsay’s husband, Cal, and her best friend, Danielle, were extremely worried. Says Danielle: “You go to the worst case scenario, then you think, she is so young, she will pull through this because you just don’t get that sick when you are this young and have little kids.” And Cal acknowledges crying in private, saying, “It was really scary to find out that your spouse may be dying.”
Fortunately, for Lindsay and for millions of other women, the Genius® exam has been proven to be a much better way to screen for breast cancer compared to 2D mammography alone. Not only can it detect breast cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage, but it also greatly reduces the chance of callbacks.1-7 As Lindsay says in the video: “I feel really lucky that I had 3D™ mammography accessible to me. I was able to be diagnosed quickly and I was still at an early stage. That saved my life.” And that is something her family, including her two young daughters, will be externally grateful for.