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How often should you get a breast exam?

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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.

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

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