Breast cancer, the most common cancer among women aside from skin cancer, is a frightening disease. Although there has been a decline in the rate of deaths from breast cancer in recent years, it is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
Early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the chances for successful treatment.
When breast cancer is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes or to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 100%.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for breast cancer screening:
American Cancer Society Guidelines For The Detection Of Breast Cancer
Breast self examination(BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of a BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
Please visit the American Cancer Society website for more detailed information about its guidelines for breast cancer screening.
*American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.