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Health Tip of the Day

Two-Part Exam Important for Detection

Combining mammography with a regular clinical breast exam is one option women have for early detection of breast cancer, which gives them the greatest chance for survival. Women should talk with their doctors about the age at which they should begin to get mammograms, and how often to get one. Currently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening every two years for women ages 50 to 74. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older.

The ACS recommends clinical breast exams (CBEs) at least every three years for all women in their 20s and 30s. The ACS recommends annual CBEs for women ages 40 and older. The USPSTF, however, believes there is not enough evidence to assess the value of CBEs for women ages 40 and older. Women should talk with their doctors about their personal risk factors and make a decision about whether they should have a CBE.