Three-Steps To Early Breast Cancer Detection

  1. Monthly breast self-examinations (BSE) starting at age 20. Become familiar with the usual appearance and feel of your breast so that is is easier to notice changes in the breast from one month to another. If you menstruate, the best time to do BSE is 2 or 3 days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen. If you no longer menstruate, pick a day such as the first day of the month to remind yourself it is time to do BSE.
  2. Clinical breast exams by a trained medical professional every 2-3 years beginning after age 40.
  3. Mammography screening every year after age 40 (if there is a history of breast cancer in the family, you may need to get mammogram earlier and more frequently).

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