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Resources & Screening Guidelines

Early detection of cancer is one of the most important steps you can take in the fight against cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better chance for a cure. Routine breast cancer screening should include a combination of breast self-examination, clinical breast examination by a physician, and digital or conventional mammography.

Below are general guidelines. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other factors that put you at high risk, then your doctor will personalize these tests to fit your specific needs.

Age Test Frequency

20s & over Breast self-exam Monthly

20s & 30s Clinical breast exam by physician At least every 3 years

40 & over Clinical breast exam by physician Annually

40 & over Mammogram Annually

Mammography Saves Lives

There is still a lot of confusion on who needs an annual mammogram. This leading breast imaging physician separates fact from fiction and explains why women, 40 and older, still need to speak with their doctor about getting an annual mammogram.