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The Three-Step Approach to Prevention
Although breast cancer cannot be prevented, the good news is that with early detection a lot of breast cancers can be successfully treated. Breast cancer can appear at almost any age, although it is most likely to occur in women over the age of 40. Breast cancer can go unnoticed for several years if you do not practice breast self-examination, have yearly doctor exams and have regular mammography.
At Woman’s Hospital, our three-step approach has proven most effective in diagnosing breast cancer early, so treatment can begin early, and patients are given their best chance of successful treatment.
- Step 1- Breast Self-Exam
Breast self-examination is simple to learn and takes about ten minutes. Every woman should follow a self-examination routine each month to become familiar with the regular feel and appearance of her breasts. Steps for self-exam [PDF]
- 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.
If you’re over 40, having a yearly mammogram is vital to staying healthy. For many women, life seems to be a never ending to do list. But no matter how busy life gets, you still have to take care of you, and that begins with a yearly mammogram from Woman’s, offering the most thorough screening process available.
Our digital mammography enables us to provide your radiologist with the most detailed mammogram possible. One that only takes seconds to produce. Plus, it can be manipulated on a computer for a more thorough evaluation.
Locations to receive a screening mammogram include the Woman's Imaging Services, the Mobile Mammography Coach and Woman's Center for Wellness. Diagnostic mammograms are only performed at Woman's Hospital Imaging Services, 1st floor.
Breast Self-Awareness Interactive Tool
Find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Use the Susan G. Komen for the Cure interactive tool to teach you how to look and feel for any changes in your breasts. Learn in English, Spanish, Hindi or Chinese.
Consumer Health Information Websites
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