Sunday, October 9, 2011

Three Steps to Finding Breast Cancer Early

This is from an ACS flyer on finding breast cancer early.

Step 1 - Mammograms, annually at age 40, or if your family has a history of breast cancer, discuss with your doctor having a mammogram plus a breast MRI.

Step 2 - Breast exams by your doctor as part of your physical exam, annually if you are 40 or older, and at least every three years if you are in your 20's or 30's.

Step 3 - Breast self awareness - Know how your own breasts look and feel, and report any breast changes to your doctor without delay.  Breast self exams should usually start for women in their 20's.

Don't forget, usually by the time a woman discovers her own breast cancer, as in my case, it is already advanced.

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