Screening for breast cancer
- Screening of breast cancer consists of clinical exams and screening mammograms
- If you are age is between 18 to 39 years, your doctor may do a clinical breast examination.
- As per the American Cancer Society, women age 40-44 can choose to start screening every year (discuss the risk with your doctor), women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years.
- At all ages, a self-breast examination is a must for all women.
- The screening is more important if you have a family history of breast cancer. Your healthcare provider will screen you to check if you are at risk for more dangerous types of breast cancer associated with certain genes such as BRCA1 or BRCA 2.
- If you are at high risk, your doctor may advise genetic counseling or BRCA testing.
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