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How often should you get a breast exam?

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women in their 20s and 30s have a health care provider perform a breast exam every one to three years and then every year once they turn 40.

The ACS states that breast self-exams are an option for women starting in their 20s. Breast self-exams have been shown to have only a small role in diagnosing breast cancer. Women who choose to perform breast self-exams should have their technique reviewed during an exam by a health care provider. Any change in their breasts noted on breast self-exams should be reported promptly to a doctor.

Women who are considered to have an increased risk for breast cancer may benefit from getting a yearly MRI of their breasts along with their yearly mammogram. Three-dimensional mammography may also be an option for some women.

To find out if you are at increased risk for breast cancer, consult your doctor.

From: Breast Cancer and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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