Breast Cancer Screening
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women.
Routine mammography offers the most effective means of detecting breast cancer at an early stage. However, mammography does not find all cancers. A combination of mammography, breast-self examination (BSE) and clinical breast exams (CBE) by a physician offers the best chance to detect cancer early, when it is most treatable.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines:
Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
Every woman should perform BSE monthly, beginning at age 20. It is important to become familiar with the shape and feel of your breasts so that any changes can be detected, and your physician can be notified. BSE should be performed five to seven days after the start of a menstrual period. For women who no longer menstruate, BSE should be performed at the same time every month.
Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
An exam of the breasts should be performed by a physician or other trained health professional. A yearly exam is recommended for women aged 40 and older. For women aged 20 to 39, CBE is recommended every three years or more, as indicated.
Mammography should begin by age 40 and continue yearly thereafter. Women younger than aged 40 should get a mammogram if they are having a breast problem or are at high risk for developing breast cancer.
Southwest General offers state-of-the-art technology, including 3-D mammography, for breast cancer screening. To learn more, call our Health Connection at 440-816-5050.