Breast cancer screening is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it is most easily treated and cured.
- Get regular mammograms.
- If you are over age 20, consider doing a monthly breast self-exam (See:
Breast self exam)
- If you are over age 20, have a complete breast exam by your provider at least every 3 years -- every year if you are over 40.
Having fibrocystic breast tissue, mastitis, or breast tenderness related to PMS does NOT put you at greater risk for breast cancer. Having fibrocystic breasts does, however, make your self-exam more confusing, because there are many normal lumps and bumps.
To prevent breast cancer:
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce fat intake
- Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and other high fiber foods
- Do not drink more than 1 or 1 1/2 glasses of alcohol a day
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Review Date: 08/17/2009
Reviewed By: Dan Sacks, MD, FACOG. Obstetrics & Gynecology in Private Practice, West Palm Beach, FL. Review provided by Verimed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.