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A yearly mammogram is the most important action women can take to detect breast cancer early, when a successful treatment is much more likely. Here are the screening guidelines for breast cancer recommended by the American Cancer Society.
Women age 40 and older: Screening mammogram every year as long as the woman is in good health. Clinical breast exam every year by a healthcare professional.
Women in their 20s and 30s: A clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional at least every three years.
A breast self-exam is an option for all women starting in their 20s. Special guidelines are used for women with a high or moderate risk of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor to determine if you fall into this category.
Women with a high risk of breast cancer: A mammogram and an MRI every year.
Women with a moderate risk: Talk to your doctor about the benefits and limitations of having an annual MRI in addition to your yearly mammogram.