Early detection of breast cancer is proven to be a good step in saving lives.
Finding out you have breast cancer early even before showing symptoms, helps to quickly treat the cancer.
The American Cancer Society has screening recommendations for women to ensure early detection of breast cancer.
These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer.
Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.
All women should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening – what the test can and cannot do.
Also, women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any changes to a health care provider right away. You can do this through self-exams.
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