Here are some great tips on prevention and early detection for the American Cancer Society. They have a great website with lots of information.
What you can do
The best defense is to find breast cancer early– when it’s small, has not spread, and is easier to treat. Finding breast cancer early is called “early detection.” The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early detection:
- Women age 40 and older should have mammograms each year and continue to do so as long as they are in good health.
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular check-up by a health professional, preferably every 3 years. Women 40 and older should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to a health professional right away. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Talk to a doctor or nurse about benefits and limitations of BSE.
The American Cancer Society recommends that some women at high risk for breast cancer – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – be screened with MRI along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with your doctor about your history and the best screening plan for you. For more information, please call us at 1-800-227-2345 or see our document called Breast Cancer: Early Detection at www.cancer.org.