You may have heard the statistics: one in eight. That is the chance of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime.


The Importance of Early Breast Cancer Detection
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While breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, early detection is key in the treatment of breast cancer. Unlike screening, early detection can help save lives.




 
 
Early Detection Boosts Survival Rate By Over 95%

The American Cancer Society cites that early detection of breast cancer greatly improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

Experts say that if a patient’s breast cancer is detected early enough, the five-year survival rate is well over 95 percent.
 
 
Women Over 40 Should Have A Screening Mammogram Every Year


The Importance of Early Breast Cancer Detection - Women Over 40 Should Have A Screening Mammogram Every Year
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As part of early detection, women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular health examination by a doctor, at least every three years.

Since screening and early detection is possible with breast cancer, it’s important to take control of your health.

 
Make Breast Self-Exam (BSE) Part Of Your Monthly Health Routine

Breast Self-Exam (BSE) should be part of your monthly health routine. Examining your breasts allows you to become familiar with your breasts so that you notice any changes that may occur. Remember to report any changes you feel to your doctor.

According to breastcancer.org, breast cancers are found by physical examination about 20% of the time. Remember that most women have some lumps or lumpy areas in their breasts at all times.

Conduct a BSE several days after your period ends. At this time, your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender.

It’s recommended that you keep a journal where you note what you feel during your BSE. Some women may find it helpful to draw a diagram of their breasts and note any characteristics of your breasts.




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Guest Post By Jennifer Vishnevsky

Guest Blogger Jennifer Vishnevsky is a writer for AboutPlasticSurgery and a supporter of the Surgeons Give Support program in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.