I have a very strong family history of breast cancer. On my father's side it has affected every woman for three generations. Unfortunately, I am the next woman in the lineup. About a year ago, I asked my doctor how early I could get a mammogram screening; I am currently 22 years old. She told me they usually are not recommended until you are in your 30's and most insurance companies recognize this. I followed up with my insurance and they actually do not even cover mammograms until a woman is over 30. They suggested maybe receiving an ultrasound. How important is to for me to get either a mammogram or ultra sound at 22 with a very strong family history of breast cancer?
In relation to this, I also have heard various information about soy products and their correlation to breast cancer in women. I have soy products everyday due to my lactose "unfriendly" stomach. I consume various milk alternative such as, soy yogurt, soy milk, and soy protein. How important is it to avoid these products?
I would appreciate any opinions, suggestions, or advice on this subject.