How often should you get a breast exam?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women in their 20s and 30s have a breast exam from a doctor or a nurse every one to three years and then every year once they turn 40.
Doing the breast exam yourself plays only a small role in finding breast cancer. If you decide to do it, ask a doctor to show you how. Report any changes you notice right away. If you have higher-than-normal chance of getting breast cancer, you may benefit from an annual MRI along with your yearly mammogram. A 3-D mammography also might be an option.
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