Early detection may be your best defense against breast cancer. The earlier you can detect breast cancer, the better your chance for a cure. Regular breast self-exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms are the key.
Women should do a breast self-exam each month - if any lumps or other changes appear, see a doctor. Every year (some experts say every three years until age 40) women should have a health care professional do a clinical breast exam. Women should have mammograms every year or two after age 40, and every year after age 50. Some women at high risk for breast cancer may need MRI screening, or they may need to start other tests at a younger age.