Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening
When the breast cancer is discovered early, you have more treatment options and a better chance for a cure. Screening is essential in finding breast cancer in this treatable stage, before symptoms are felt.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening tests for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women with a higher risk should talk with their doctor about when to begin screening, and which tests they should use.
Breast cancer screenings include:
In addition to a diagnostic mammogram, other diagnostic procedures help characterize breast abnormalities to either identify, or rule out, breast cancer. Click on each procedure to get more details.
Sometimes there are no symptoms of breast cancer in its early stages. However, talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you notice anything unusual.
Breast cancer can develop for a variety of reasons. Talk to your doctor about your risk.
While nothing guarantees that you don't develop cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and stay healthy.