Early detection of cancer is one of the most important steps you can take in the fight against cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better chance for a cure. Routine breast cancer screening should include a combination of breast self-examination, clinical breast examination by a physician, and digital or conventional mammography.
Below are general guidelines. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other factors that put you at high risk, then your doctor will personalize these tests to fit your specific needs.
WHEN SCREENING TEST HOW OFTEN
20s & over Breast self-exam Monthly
20s & 30s Clinical breast exam by physician At least every 3 years
40 & over Clinical breast exam by physician Annually
40 & over Mammogram Annually
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Hereditary Cancer Quiz
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
Susan G. Komen Foundation
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Cancer Support Community of North Texas/Gilda's Club
Center for Advancement in Cancer Education
cleaningforareason.org (provides free house cleaning to women with any type of cancer)
National Lymphedema Network
American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
National Society of Genetic Counselors
Methodist Richardson Cancer Center
Asian Breast Health Outreach Project
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