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.
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