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What can a woman do to detect breast cancer?

A woman can be an active participant in improving her chances for early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that, beginning at 45, women have a mammogram every year. At age 55, that interval can be scaled back to every other year. Women who have a higher than average risk of breast cancer (for example, women with a family history of breast cancer) should seek expert medical advice about whether they should be screened before age 40, and how frequently they should be screened.

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