ist2 5319730 doctor and nurse webComprehensive Breast Health Plan

Making breast health a priority is key to the early detection of breast cancer. That's why it is so important to follow a comprehensive breast health plan that includes mammography, breast self-examination and clinical breast examination.

Digital Mammography

Considering the high incidence of breast cancer and the demonstrated value of mammography, Community Radiology NY Associates and the American Cancer Society proposes the following guideline: Routine annual mammograms are recommended for all women beginning at age 40.

Women who have had breast cancer and those at high risk for breast cancer, such as those with a strong family history, should speak to their physician about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about how often they should be screened.

Clinical Breast Examination

Clinical breast examination plays an important role in early detection. Women should have a clinical breast exam by their physician at age 20 and at least every three years until age 40, then every year.

Breast Self-Examination

In addition to routine mammography, another important tool in the early detection of breast cancer is breast self-examination (BSE).

It is recommended that all women age 20 and older perform BSE monthly. The best time to examine your breasts is one week after the start of your period; or for women who no longer have periods, the same time each month. By doing BSE on a regular basis, you will become familiar with the feel and shape of your breasts and be able to detect a change from what is normal for you.

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