The 5-year survival rate for cancer drops in advanced stages of the disease. Too many women wait until they experience symptoms, like a lump, before they get a mammogram or clinical breast exam. By then, the cancer may have spread and be more difficult to treat and cure.
Following a three-step plan is the best preventive prescription for early detection of breast cancer:
1. Breast self-exam. The American Cancer Society recommends periodic breast self-exams for women 20 years and older.
2. Clinical breast exam. Performed by a doctor or nurse who is trained to evaluate breast problems, this should be part of a woman's physical exam and is similar to the procedure for a breast self-exam.
3. Screening mammogram. A simple, safe, low-level X-ray to locate any changes that may have occurred from the previous screening.
Perhaps the most important of these steps is regular breast cancer screenings. Medical experts estimate that early screenings save thousands of lives each year. It could save yours.
If you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, get a clinical breast exam every three years. And if you’re over 40, be sure to schedule a mammogram annually. Talk to your doctor about risk factors which determine how often you should be examined. Early screenings save lives. It absolutely matters.
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Source: Statistics, National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), cases 2003-2005