The experts at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program suggest the following screening recommendations for women without symptoms or a family history of breast cancer:
Monthly:Perform a breast self-examination
Visit your doctor for a clinical breast examination
Annually, beginning at age 40:
Have a screening mammogram
A clinical breast exam is thorough physical examination of the breasts by health care specialist.
Mammograms can often detect breast cancer before it can be felt.
A screening mammogram can show small deposits of calcium in the breast. Although most calcium deposits are noncancerous (benign), a cluster of very tiny specks of calcium — called microcalcifications — may be an early sign of cancer.