Detect Breast Cancer Early

4 Nov

When breast cancer is caught early, the prognosis is often excellent. The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer that’s found early and confined to the breast is 99%, says The American Cancer Society.
Here’s what you need to know:
If you’re of average risk (no family history) get yearly mammograms and clinical breast exams starting at age 40.
Women in their 20s and 30s should get a clinical breast exam every 3 years. If you’re over 40, get one yearly.
Be familiar with how your breasts feel normally so that you can report any changes in appearance or texture to your doctor. Also, always notify your physician if you notice any bleeding or crusting on the nipples and if you experience any pain.
Women at higher risk might want to start such screening much earlier and more often, and they might want to consider a screening MRI as well.
Source: Prevention magazine October 2013

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