Regular check-ups can help detect breast cancer as early as possible, which increases the chances of successful recovery. Here’s what women need to know when they reach the ages of 30 and 50.
When they hit 30, women should book an annual visit to the gynaecologist that includes a manual breast exam. In between visits, it’s important to do breast self-exams regularly to take notice of any changes. Your doctor can show you how to do this.
In addition to manual breast exams, women aged 50 and older should get regular mammograms every two years, unless a family history of breast cancer leads your doctor to recommend earlier or more frequent x-ray screenings.
(Editor’s note: Some guidelines recommend starting at the age of 40.)
The rule of thumb: If you feel a knot, a change in size or a dent in the breast, you should go to your gynaecologist promptly – don’t wait until your next early detection appointment. – dpa