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How Do You Screen For Breast Cancer?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast, and essential for the early detection of breast cancer. Obtaining routine mammograms can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.


The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer should have a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor or other health care professional about when to start and how often to undergo mammogram screening. Women should weigh the benefits and risks of screening tests when deciding whether to begin getting mammograms before age 50.


  • A breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for breast cancer.


  • A clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who examines the patient for lumps or other breast changes.

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