Who is at risk?
Everyone... breast cancer is not selective and can affect any woman (or man, for that matter). However, some women are at a higher risk depending on lifestyle, diet or family history of the disease.
Why do I need a mammogram?
A mammogram is the single most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest form... and early diagnosis and treatment can save lives. While monthly breast self-examination is still an important part of good breast health, a mammogram can show a small lump in your breast up to two years before you even notice it.
When do I need a mammogram?
No matter what your age, consult your physician immediately if you notice a lump or see any changes in your breasts. Women over 35 should get a mammogram once a year.
What should I do to prepare for my mammogram?
Schedule your appointment one week after your period, when your breasts are less tender. Wear a shirt with shorts, pants or a skirt so you will be able to undress from the waist up. And finally, do not wear deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under your arms or on your breasts as these products can interfere with reading your mammogram.
To learn more about breast cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute website.