Breast Cancer Early Detection

Mammograms

Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammo- gram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Evidence supporting mammograms is even stronger than in the past. Women can feel confident about the benefits associated with regular mammograms for finding cancer early.
Clinical Breast Examination
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast examination (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

Breast Self-Examination

Breast self-examination (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be taught how to do a BSE and be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.

Prevention Recommendations (American Cancer Society):

OBESITY, EATING A HIGH FAT DIET and ALCOHOL - Obesity and eating a high fat diet is associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially for women after menopause. Maintain a healthy weight, reduce your intake of meats, full-fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) and processed foods (cookies, donuts, cakes, crackers) and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - New studies indicate that strenuous exercise in youth might provide life-long protection against breast cancer. Adults can lower their risk for breast cancer by engaging in moderate physical activity, such as walking fast, for 30 minutes everyday.