How Can I Protect Myself From Breast Cancer?

Follow these three steps for early breast cancer detection:

Annual screening mammography starting at age 40 or 50. Breast cancer experts don’t agree when women need to begin getting mammograms. Ask your doctor.
Women in high-risk categories should have screening mammograms every year and typically start at an earlier age. MRI or ultrasound screening can also be given in addition to mammograms. Discuss the best approach with your doctor.
Have your breasts examined by a health care provider at least once every three years after age 20, and every year after age 40. Clinical breast exams can complement mammograms.