Age To Start Your Breast Checks
To screen or not to screen for breast cancer? At what age? Sometimes the information we get from the national cancer advisory organizations can confuse us about what to do and when to do it, because there are so many factors to consider. That’s why we strongly suggest you consult with your health professional about your family’s health history and the type of breasts you have (i.e., dense).
Beginning at age 20
Get a doctor check every three years. The chance of breast cancer occurring in your 20s is very low, but it can happen. If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your health professional about starting mammograms earlier than the general recommendations below.
Do a breast self-check every month. Regular monthly self-checks help you become more familiar with how your breasts feel when they are normal, allowing you to notice any changes that may take place and be of concern.
Report any changes in either breast to your health professional right away.
Set a aside a few minutes each month to check your breasts about a week after your period ends. If you no longer get your period, set the same day aside each month to check.
Beginning at age 40
Make an appointment for a mammogram and doctor check every year. Continue doing your monthly breast self-check.
Resources: CDC and culled from other health organizations