• Project Title: Advocating for Mandatory Mammograms and a Lower Mammogram Screening Age

  • BASIS Advisor: Dr. Murthy

  • Internship Location: UC Berkeley

  • Onsite Mentor: Ms. Katrina Le

The age for required mammogram screening tests for women is a controversial topic between medical practitioners and associations. The main goal of my project is to advocate to Congress and the general public for mandatory mammograms for women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and reduce the mammogram screening age to forty years for all women. I will be analyzing the data from websites of organizations like the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, and doing a statistical analysis on the data. This will help me determine at what ages women get breast cancer and how many get it in their twenties and later. I will use the compiled data analysis to build a convincing argument to advocate for mandatory mammograms and a lower mammogram screening age. With the help of my external or onsite advisor at UC Berkeley, I will learn how to advocate for mandatory and earlier mammogram screening tests. Breast cancer is a disease that can affect anyone at any age. Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, but they can definitely save lives, as early detection is the key to survival. Early detection of breast cancers means localized cancers can more likely be removed without resorting to breast removals or mastectomies.