As you age, the type and frequency of breast cancer screening changes. Your overall health and family medical history also plays a role in your screening. Early detection is the key to successfully treating breast cancer.
- Age 20-39: Experts recommend that beginning at age 20, women should have a clinical breast exam every three years. Talk to your doctor if you believe you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and should begin having other screening tests.
- Age 40 and older: Women can start annual mammograms at age 40.
Talk to your doctor about the benefits of mammograms to help you decide when and how frequently to have them. The American Cancer Society recommends that women get annual mammograms from age 40 to 54 and begin getting them every two years at age 55.
You are your biggest ally in early detection of breast cancer, which is the best way to ensure successful treatment. Regularly check your breasts and speak to your doctor if you notice any changes or abnormalities.