How to Help Detect Breast Cancer

September 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early in women without symptoms:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over.
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel, and report any breast change promptly to their healthcare provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.

Source: American Cancer Society

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