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Don’t wait until you see symptoms to get screened for breast cancer

One in eight women will get diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 

That makes the disease second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer for women. 

Since it is so common, it’s important to look out for signs and get screened regularly, since in many cases, there are no signs present before diagnosis.


The American Cancer Society (ACS) no longer recommends a clinical breast exam or a self-breast exam as a screening method for women in the United States, according to the organization’s website. 

4. At what age should I start getting screened for breast cancer?

The age at which mammograms should begin is not agreed on by experts. That said, it has been shown that breast cancer risk increases with age, most commonly being diagnosed after the age of 50, according to the CDC. 

woman self breast exam

The American Cancer Society indicates that a self-exam is no longer a proper way to screen for breast cancer. (iStock)

The age at which you start getting routinely screened for breast cancer should be a personal decision, taken in consultation with your doctor. 

A common age to start getting routine mammograms is 40 and older. 

5. What should I do if I experience one or more breast cancer symptom?

If you do experience one or more breast cancer symptom, it’s important to contact your doctor right away. 

Even though the symptom you are experiencing may not be related to breast cancer, it’s important to get checked out just in case. 

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Ashlyn Messier is a writer for Fox News Digital. 


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