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Early detection vital to survival

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Women over 40 should annually receive a mammogram, women in their twenties and thirties should get a clinical breast exam at least every three years, and all women should perform monthly self-exams. Those at high risk should discuss with their doctors when they should begin having mammograms.

High risk factors include increased age, women who have had a breast biopsy or women who have a first-degree relative, such as a sister or mother, who have had breast cancer.

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