Early detection and early treatment are the best ways to fight any cancer — and that can be especially true of breast cancer. There are many tools for breast cancer diagnosis and the American Cancer Society recommends examinations should be tailored to the individual: An annual mammogram for normal-risk women over 40 or an annual mammogram and MRI for high-risk women starting at age Both the ACS and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have backed away from breast self-exams as a recommendation to diagnose breast cancer — because the average person may not know the difference between true breast cancer symptoms and other physical changes, which may not be cancer-related.
Breast cancer can't be prevented, but you can take three important steps to help detect it earlier. The free resource, 3 Steps to Early Detectioncan increase your chance of finding breast cancer before it spreads. Tell us where we can send you your copy.
October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it's not just now that you need to be aware of checking your breasts; it's a habit you should be maintaining all year round, no matter your age or family history. Every year in the UK around 5, women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer. But if the prospect of a self-examination seems daunting, don't worry: we didn't go to med school either. It's actually a lot easier than you think, because there's no right way to check your breasts.
It can sometimes detect breast cancer before there are any signs or symptoms such as a lump you can feel. Cancer Australia notes in its position statement that detection of breast cancer while it is still small and confined to the breast provides the best chance of effective treatment. Benefits of early detection include increased survival, increased treatment options and improved quality of life.
Find out about breast cancer screening, how to check your breasts and more information about how breast cancer is identified. Remember that most breast changes are not cancer and are harmless. When your doctor examines your breasts she or he may be able to reassure you that there is nothing to worry about.