It is important to be familiar with your breasts so that you know how they normally look and feel. It is also important to know that finding breast cancer early gives you the best chance for successful treatment.
Remember that regular mammograms (yearly for women over 40) and monthly self-exams are highly recommended for the early detection of breast cancer.
Keep in mind, though, that mammograms do not find all breast cancers. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so that you can be aware of changes.
It is good to also know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Remember, early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Talk to your doctor if you find any of the following:
If you have an increased risk, you need regular breast MRI screening in addition to the recommended exams and mammograms. And if you are a black woman or of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, it’s very important that you and your physician evaluate your risk factors no later than age 30 so that you might also receive supplemental MRI screening if needed.