New guidelines from the American Cancer Society say women older than 55 should have a mammography every two years.

This year, at age 72, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have gone for a mammogram every year and was shocked by the diagnosis.

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I have no family history of breast cancer and have never had a problem in the past. I took radical action and had a double mastectomy. Because the cancer was caught early and hadn’t spread, I didn’t need further treatment.

If I had taken the advice of the American Cancer Society and waited another year to be examined, I probably wouldn’t have been so lucky.

Jo-Ann Monaco

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