Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. But when cancer is only in the breast and is found and treated early, the relative survival rate is 99 percent. There’s no better reason to find it early.
These steps may help find or stop breast cancer before it gets the upper hand:
Do self-exams at least once a month. Any changes like new lumps or changes in the breast tissue or skin could be early warning signs. If you notice anything that doesn’t seem normal, talk to your doctor.
Get routine mammograms. If you’re a woman over 50, be sure to have a mammogram every two years. If you’re between the ages of 40 to 49, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get one.
Keep healthy habits. A healthy lifestyle can lower your risk for breast cancer and many other sicknesses.
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Questions to ask your doctor about breast cancer screening.
Talk to your doctor about important health screenings.