Bonita & Estero Magazine - - HEALTH & WELLNESS -

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.

Source: © 2010 Mayo Foun­da­tion for Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (MFMER). All rights re­served.

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