This annual, nationwide campaign raises awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their life. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, after skin cancer; and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
Many women can survive breast cancer if it is found and treated early. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening:
- ALL women should know how their breasts look and feel normally and should report ANY breast changes promptly to their health provider.
- Breast self-exam (BSE) for women starting in their 20s.
- A breast exam by a health provider about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over.
- Yearly mammograms beginning at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
Women are encouraged to attend a well visit with their health provider yearly, and they are also encouraged to talk with their health provider about their risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer.
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