One of the easiest ways to stay on top of your breast health is to get screened regularly. Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.
Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed) reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer.
Know what screening test is right for you
It’s important to talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you. Two common screening tests are clinical breast exams and mammograms.
A clinical breast exam is done by your doctor or nurse in an office or clinic. They will look at and feel your breasts and under your arms to look for breast cancer. Sometimes breast cancer can be felt, but not seen on a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. It is the best tool we can use to detect early findings of breast cancer. It can find breast cancer when it is small and easier to treat.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about the best age and time to get screened.
Sign up for screening reminders
Staying on top of your breast cancer screenings is key! Take charge of your health and sign up to receive a mammogram/clinical breast exam reminder today at www.komen.org/reminder. By taking this simple step, you may lower your risk of dying from breast cancer.
Conversations with Komen presented by Kohl’s
Presented by Kohl’s, Conversations with Komen is an educational session where women can talk about breast cancer openly and the impact it has had on their lives. The overall goal of this program, based in Southeast Wisconsin, is to encourage women to get regular breast health screenings, thereby increasing survival rates.
Find a Conversation with Komen near you by clicking here.
Getting screened on a regular basis is crucial to your breast self-awareness. Make sure to talk with your doctor about the right screenings for you!
Information retrieved from www.komen.org