The study was out of Harvard University and it surveyed more than 7,300 women with breast cancer. It found that of the 600 women who died, 65 percent of them never had a mammogram. Three years ago, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force suggests women over the age of 50 get mammograms once every two years. Dr. Avice O'Connell says that is not enough and that screenings should start at age 40.
"About one in five, breast cancer is diagnosed to women in their forties that's important; in fact a great number of years of life lost 30 to 40 percent of years of life lost due to breast cancer are women who are diagnosed young," she said.
O'Connell says it is not worth the risk to wait until you are 50 to get a screening. The older you are the higher the chance of breast cancer.