Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DSC_5703October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness and early detection of the disease.

The American Cancer Society offers the following recommendations:

  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular health exam by a health professional preferably every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.
  • Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
  • Women who are at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. The American Cancer Society recommends against MRI screening for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15 percent.

To learn more about breast cancer, including additional early detection tips, visit cancer.org.

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