Detect cancer early with breast exams, yearly mammograms

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008

The following is information from the American Cancer Society Web site regarding screening and detection strategies for the public:

• Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

• Clinical breast exams (CBE) should be part of a periodic health exam, 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 feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care providers. Breast self-exams (BSE) are an option for women starting in their 20s.

• Women at high risk (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk (15 to 20 percent lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

Some women are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. Talk to your doctor to see if he or she recommends an MRI with your annual mammogram.

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