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Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Age 40+:

  • An annual mammogram
  • Annual clinical breast examination (CBE) by a doctor or nurse (CBE should be done close to the time of the mammogram)
  • Monthly breast self-examination

Age 20-39:

  • Clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse every three years
  • Monthly breast self-examination

If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with your health care provider.


Courtesy American Cancer Society. You can receive additional breast health and cancer information and talk with others who've experienced breast cancer by visiting

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