My mother found a lump on her breast at age 52. She had a radical mastectomy and radiation. She was a trouper through it all and my father was loving and supportive. At age 78 she found another cancer site via mammography and had a second, less radical mastectomy.
I, too, have been dilligent in getting mammography. So far I have had a benign tumor removed in my twenties and have found two sites of lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), areas of calcifications that are markers for future cancer. My mother knew and I know that through early detection we can survive.