Breast cancer cannot be completely prevented, but there are steps women can take to decrease their risk and/or improve early detection of the disease.
Women should begin monthly breast self-exams in their 20s. Any changes in their breasts should be reported to a physician immediately.
• Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every three years. Women age 40 and older should consider annual clinical breast exams. Women age 50 and older should have an annual clinical breast exam.
• Women over 40 should consider annual mammograms, and women over 50 should have annual
• Women in their 30s should discuss their breast cancer risk level with a physician to determine the most appropriate breast cancer screening options, including mammograms and MRI screenings. Women 40 and older should consider an annual MRI screening, if recommended by a physician.