Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in American women. According to the National Cancer Institute, women at the age of 40 and older should have a mammogram annually. Self-breast exams must be a routine.
Finding breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat, can mean the difference between life and death. The American Cancer Society has developed the following guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer, to help you stay well. The American Cancer Society’s breast cancer screening guidelines are for women at average risk for cancer (unless otherwise specified) and without any specific symptoms.
•Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
•A breast exam by a doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam, about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.
•Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to their doctor without delay. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
•Certain women, who are at higher risk because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors, should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. If you think you are at higher risk for breast cancer, please talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have an MRI. For more information on breast cancer screening, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.
Every year, Theta Rho Sigma Chapter helps to fight breast cancer. We serve as volunteers for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In addition to walking, we raise much needed funds for breast cancer research.