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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 178,000 American women each year and claims more than 40,000 lives. It is the most common type of cancer among women.

What you can do:

  • Have yearly mammograms, starting at age 40.
  • Include clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam, at least every three years in your 20s and 30s, and every year at age 40 and over.
  • Report any breast change to your doctor without delay. Self breast exam is an option starting in your 20s – talk to your doctor or health professional about the right way to do it.
  • Women at higher risk because of family history or other reasons should talk with their doctors about benefits of starting screening earlier or adding other tests such as breast ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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