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Breast Cancer Screenings

Cancer is a frightening word for a frightening disease. But there are things that you can do to stay one step ahead of breast cancer.

One of the most important steps you can take is to get regular breast exams. Early detection is the key to saving your life.

Signs of a potential breast problem:

  • Swelling in the breast
  • Dimples in the skin of the breast
  • Pain in your breast or nipple
  • Nipples that turn inward instead of sticking out

Why is early detection important?

Early detection saves countless lives every year. The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. Breast cancer that is found early is usually smaller and less likely to have spread to other parts of your body.

Early detection is the key to saving your life

Following skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women today. Approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and 40,000 women will die from it. Men are at risk too - approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 450 will die each year.

  1. Regular screenings are essential to early detection.
  2. Early detection means higher possibility of treatment.

Remember, while your monthly self exams are important, professional health center breast exams are necessary. This way, experienced health care providers can let you know if your breasts have any lumps or problems.

How often should I get a breast cancer screening?

The American Cancer Society recommends regular clinical breast exams:

  • Ages 20-39: Every three years
  • Ages 40 and older: Once every year