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About 12 percent of all women will battle breast cancer in their lifetime, and in Louisiana, about 3,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease each year. While there is no way to prevent cancer, Woman’s strives to catch the disease in its earliest stage. When detected early, more than 95 percent of breast cancer cases are treated successfully, and we prepare women to win the fight against breast cancer.
The Three-Step Approach to Prevention
Breast cancer can go unnoticed for several years if you do not practice breast self-examination and have yearly doctor exams and a regular mammography.
At Woman’s, our Three-Step Approach to Prevention has proven most effective in diagnosing breast cancer early, so patients are given their best chance of successful treatment.
Step 1- Breast Self-Examination
Steps for Self-Exam [PDF]
We strongly believe breast self examination is a proactive approach a woman can take to detect breast cancer early. Self-examination is simple to learn and takes about 10 minutes. Woman’s recommends all women starting at age 20 should follow a self-examination routine each month to become familiar with the regular feel and appearance of her breasts, and we offer easy-to-follow tips on how to properly conduct a self examination.
Step 2- Clinical Breast Exam
You should schedule an examination once a year with your doctor.
Step 3 – Mammography
The American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology and several other professional organizations recommend a mammogram every year starting at age 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer, a lump, nipple discharge or other symptoms, check with your doctor about whether you should begin mammography at an earlier age or the need for more frequent mammograms.