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Early Breast-Cancer Detection


American Cancer Society's 2008 Recommendations



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Following the American Cancer Society's guidelines for early detection improves the chances of any cancer being diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.
• Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
• Clinical breast exam should be part of a periodic health exam, about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
• Women should know how their breasts normally feel and should report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Monthly breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
• High risk women (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk (15-20 percent lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15 percent.

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