Cancer Detection

Screening for Breast Cancer

Early Detection saves lives! The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of recovery. Women can take proactive steps to know their family history, risk factors, and especially their own bodies. It is important to be vigilant.

Screening TypeDescriptionFrequencyRisk Level*
Breast Self- ExamSelf-examination of the breasts to feel for any lumps or irregularities.Discuss with your doctor the benefits and limitations of breast self-exams and determine whether this procedure is right for you.Average
Clinical Breast ExamA healthcare provider physically examines the breasts to feel for any lumps or irregularities.As part of a regular physical health exam: at least every 3 years in your 20s and 30s; annually, starting at age 40Average
1-2 times per year beginning at age 25High
MammogramAn x-ray image of the breast that can reveal irregularities and help to detect cancer early when it is most treatable.Annually, starting at age 40Average
Annually, starting at age 30High
Genetic TestingUsually several blood samples are taken for laboratory tests, to identify changes in DNA.At time determined by individual’s physicianHigh
MRIUses radio waves and a magnet to create detailed images of the inside of the body.Annually, starting at age 30High

You can also download the screening chart in PDF here and use it for your breast cancer prevention guide.