October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's a good reminder that breast exams can help to keep us healthy. Here's a quick guide to when and how often breast exams are recommended:
Women Age 40 and Older
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.
Women In Their 20s and 30s
The ACOG also recommends that women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (an exam by a health professional) as part of a regular health exam preferably every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every year.
ALL Women Age 20 and Older
The American Cancer Society recommends regular breast self-exam (BSE) as an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
If you are at high risk for breast cancer, speak with a health professional about planning a schedule for regular breast exams and mammograms.
Have questions about breast exams? You can make an appointment online or by calling our office: 301-681-6772.