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Detecting Breast Cancer 

What is my best defense against breast cancer?

The key to survival is early detection through monthly breast self-exams and annual mammography. A routine mammogram can often identify breast abnormalities that may be cancerous before physical symptoms develop. Clinical breast exams and breast self-exams are just as important because some cancers can be felt by a woman or her health care provider that may not have been apparent on a mammogram.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for finding breast cancer early:

  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) by a health professional every three years. After age 40, women should have a CBE every year.
  • Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast changes promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-examination (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
  • Screening MRI is recommended for women with an approximately 20% to 25% or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer, including women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer and women who were treated for Hodgkin’s Disease.

Following these guidelines is your best defense against breast cancer. To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, please call 817.329.2501. For your convenience, we offer screenings at two locations--the Baylor Breast Center and Baylor Diagnostic Imaging Center in Keller.

Resources:
American Cancer Society