Early Breast Cancer Detection Guidelines
Oct 15, 2013
Early breast cancer detection guidelines include yearly screening mammography starting at age 40, even if you have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer. Mammography is the most effective method of early breast cancer detection.
Clinical breast examination (CBE) should be performed by your healthcare provider every three years for women aged 20-39; yearly for women 40 and older. CBE is a complement to annual mammography.
Breast self exam (BSE) should be performed monthly starting at age 20. Women should report any changes in the way their breasts feel or look to their healthcare provider.
The guidelines are different for women at an increased risk for breast cancer. Discuss guideliness with your healthcare provider; recommendations include annual screening MRI along with a screening mammogram, although insurance coverage may not be guaranteed.
When should women stop getting a mammogram? Age alone should not be the reason. A woman should continue to have screening mammograms if she is in good health and owuld be a candidate for treatment if she developed breast cancer.