'Good Morning America' revelation has women rethinking appropriate age for first mammogram
More women under 40 may be considering getting screened for breast cancer after a TV correspondent's on-air mammogram revealed she has the disease.
"Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach, 40, admitted she reluctantly agreed to be screened live on TV during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thinking she had nothing to worry about. Robach is scheduled for a bilateral mastectomy later this week.
Sandi Kafenbaum, a social worker at the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, says different organizations suggest varying ages for getting a baseline mammogram, which causes confusion.
A federal task force says women should begin screening after 50, but the American Cancer Society suggests screening after 40.
"We have women in their 30s and 40s who say if they had waited, it would have been way more advanced," Kafenbaum says.
For an interview with a Long Island breast cancer survivor, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.