In October we take time to:
- honor those we have lost to this disease
- support those living with breast cancer
- celebrate breast cancer survivors
- increase awareness of breast cancer and what is necessary to cure this disease
American Cancer Society Recommendations
The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early breast cancer detection in women without breast symptoms:
Breast self-examination (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.