Cancer Screening Guidelines:
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Self Examination (BSE) – Studies have not shown BSE alone to reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. However, BSE allows one to know how their breast normally feels and to notice any changes. BSE is recommended beginning at age 20 on a monthly basis. It is best to perform this exam the same time every month, preferably at the end of a period when breast are less tender. For those with irregular menstrual cycles, perform BSE the same day each month.
Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) – It is recommended that women have a CBE beginning at age 20 every one to three years, and then annually at age 40. Currently, a mammogram with a CBE is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer.
Mammogram – Women age 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram. Women at risk for breast cancer may need a mammogram prior to age 40 and should discuss options with their health care provider.
The information provided are guidelines and not meant to be used as medical advice or replace the advice of your health care provider. It is important to discuss breast cancer with your health care provider.