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— Kelly R.
Understanding your personal risk for developing breast cancer enables you to be an active participant in your breast care. Utilizing methods that promote early detection, such as breast self-exam and mammography, increase your chances of having positive outcomes if diagnosed with breast disease – the earlier you identify changes, the better.
Knowing your breast cancer risk allows you to work together with your doctor to develop and implement a plan of care designed specifically for you. Risk assessment methods are available to help determine your individual risk of developing breast cancer. The link below will take you to a risk calculator that will ask questions about known risk factors for breast cancer, including questions about family history, age, reproductive history and known genetic mutations.
It is important that you become familiar with your breast size, shape, color and feel so that you know what is normal for you. For your greatest awareness, we recommend that you perform a monthly breast self-exam. A self-exam is a controlled and convenient way to stay in-tune with your breasts and to track any changes that may develop overtime. You are encouraged to keep a log of your self-exams and to write down any questions that you may have for your next doctor’s appointment.
The best time to examine your breasts is a few days after your menstrual cycle when your breasts are less apt to be tender or swollen.
If you are 20-39 years of age, you should have a clinical breast exam at least once every three years.
If you are 40 years of age or older, you should have a clinical breast exam every year as well as a yearly mammogram.
Our understanding of the safest and most effective way to screen women for breast cancer is continuously evolving. Below is a link to the current American Cancer Society guidelines for mammography screening.