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The type and frequency of
breast cancer screening that is best for you changes
as you age.
You can find out your personal risk level at
Early detection is an important factor in the success of breast
cancer treatment. The earlier breast cancer is found, the more easily and
successfully it can be treated. The two methods commonly used for early
Make sure you know what your breasts normally
look and feel like. When you know what is normal for you, you are better able
to notice changes. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast may be used as a screening test
for women who have a high risk of breast cancer. This includes women
who test positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, or have two or more close family
members who have had breast cancer before age 50. MRI may also be useful for women who have breast implants or for women whose breast tissue is very dense.
For more information, see the topic Breast Cancer.
Other Works Consulted
American Cancer Society (2009). Prevention and Early Detection: American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. Available online: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/ped_2_3X_ACS_Cancer_Detection_Guidelines_36.asp.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2011). Breast cancer screening. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 122. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 118: 372–382.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2009). Screening for breast cancer. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsbrca.htm.
Current as of:
June 28, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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