BREAST SCREENING RECOMMENDATIONS
Screening—looking for evidence of disease before signs or symptoms appear—is the key to finding breast cancer in its early stages. Unless your health care provider gives you other instructions, follow these screening recommendations:
1 Know how your breasts look and feel starting in your 20s.
2 Have a clinical breast examination performed by your health care provider every three years in your 20s and 30s, and yearly after age 40.
3 Have a mammogram, preferably a digital mammogram, each year starting at age 40.
4 Depending on your risk for developing breast cancer and your family history, your health care provider may offer additional screening recommendations such as annual mammograms before age 40.
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