- Breast Examination by a Health Professional: Women ages 20 – 49 should have a physical examination by a health professional every 1 – 2 years. Those over age 50 should be examined annually.
- Self examination: See slide no. 3
- Mammograms: Mammograms are very effective low-radiation screening methods for breast cancer. There is, however, debate on when women should begin to have mammograms and how frequently they should have them.
- Biopsy: A definitive diagnosis of breast cancer can be made only by a biopsy -a microscopic examination of a tissue sample of the suspicious area. When a lump can be felt and is suspicious for cancer on mammography, an excisional biopsy may be recommended.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 18, 2016