Breast Cancer: Patient Education
- Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
The National Cancer Institute provides an online tool to help you figure out your risk of breast cancer. Find out more »
Done Your Breast Self-Exam This Month?
A monthly breast self-examination should include both a visual inspection and a manual inspection while standing, lying down and reclining.
Pick a time of the month that's easy to remember and perform your self-examination at that time. The breast has normal patterns of thickness and lumpiness that change within a monthly period, and a consistently scheduled examination will help differentiate between what is normal from abnormal.
A monthly breast self-exam should not replace the annual examination done by a health professional. Breast awareness may be as helpful as formal self exams as long as women who notice a breast abnormality obtain a professional evaluation promptly.
Who Should Schedule a Mammogram?
Mammograms are the most effective and important early detection method available. Find out what the doctor looks for on your mammogram »
According to the American Cancer Society, early screening saves lives. Thousands of lives. Here are the guidelines for early detection:
- Women age 20 and older: clinical breast exam at annual physical
- Women at age 40: initial mammogram
- Women age 50 and older: mammogram every two years and clinical breast exam
- All women: monthly breast self-exam
- Women at high risk for breast cancer: yearly MRI and mammogram