For years, women and their physicians have used breast self-exams, clinical breast exams and mammograms as primary methods of detecting breast cancer. These methods remain useful in monitoring breast health today.
Maintaining Healthy Breasts
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. While rare, men also suffer from the disease and can benefit from this information by following good health care habits. Whether you are male or female, being proactive is the first step in learning what's normal for your health.
Steps for breast health:
performing monthly breast self-exams to familiarize yourself with your breast texture (ages 20+).
contacting your personal physician – or AAMC Breast Center – for a consultation, if you feel anything abnormal in or on your breasts.
getting annual physician exams and mammograms by age 40; or earlier if recommended by your physician and/or you are high risk.
maintaining a healthy weight (through balanced diet and exercise).
assessing the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms.