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Benign Breast Lumps

How Do I Maintain My Breast Health?


  • Annual screening mammography starting at age 40 or 50. Breast cancer experts don't agree when women need to start getting mammograms, so discuss it with your doctor.
  • Women in high-risk categories should have screening mammograms every year and typically start at an earlier age. Ultrasound screening can also be given in addition to mammograms. Breast MRI screening, in addition to mammogram, is used only in high risk cases, such as where there's a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20% Discuss the best approach with your doctor.   
  • Breast examination by a health care provider every three years starting at age 20; you health care provider should perform an annual clinical breast exam starting at age 40.



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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on June 26, 2012

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