Breast Cancer Screening
Have a regular clinical examination
(HealthDayNews) -- The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better. And while a mammogram is the best screening tool available, there are other procedures women should follow, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
If you're age 20-39:
- Have a clinical breast examination by a doctor at least every three years.
- Do a breast self-examination every month.
- Discuss mammography screening guidelines with your physician, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.
If you're 40 or older:
- Have a mammogram every year.
- Have an annual clinical breast examination by a doctor, around the same time as your mammogram.
- Do a breast self-examination every month about seven days after your period begins, or at the same time each month.