The future is looking bright for breast cancer patients. Thanks to advancements in detection and treatment, the rate of death from breast cancer has been steadily declining since the 1990s. What’s more, if you detect breast cancer in its early stages, the relative 5-year survival rate is almost 100 percent, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Since early detection is the key to successful treatment, here are 3 vital steps to achieving an early diagnosis, borrowed from NBCF’s early-detection guide:
If you don’t pay much attention to your breasts, it time to get acquainted. The more familiar you are with your breasts, the easier it will be to detect changes that need a doctor’s attention. Be on the lookout for anything irregular, including lumps, discharge or changes in size and texture.
Every year, make it a top priority to schedule your Well-Woman exam, which includes your routine pelvic exam, pap smear and a brief breast exam to detect any abnormalities. Depending on your preference, your primary care physician or your gynecologist can perform your Well-Woman exam.
The NBCF recommends all women ages 40 and older receive an annual mammogram, a non-invasive x-ray that can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages—before symptoms appear—when it is most treatable. Mammograms have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 40 percent since 1990.
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