Annual screenings are instrumental in early breast cancer detection. Doctors recommend that women have their regular clinical breast exams and mammograms, which aid in detecting breast cancer in early stages. Women in their 20’s and 30’s should have clinical breast examinations during their yearly physical. At age 40, women with average breast cancer risk typically begin annual mammograms. It is important to remember that not all breast cancers are found through mammography.
Although you should have your physician perform a breast examination annually as part of your well-woman checkup, it is important that you maintain a routine habit of monthly self-examination. If you feel a lump in your breast tissue, contact your physician to schedule an examination to determine whether other tests or biopsies are required.
Those who detect breast cancer early have a 98% survival rate.