Take Control of Your Breast Health

Self-Breast Exam
Women who perform self-breast exams are more likely to find an abnormality sooner than those who don't. Perform an exam one week after your period, or the first of the month if no longer having periods.

  • In front of mirror, look for puckering or asymmetry
  • Lying down with arm raised, use the opposite hand's first three fingers in circular motion, starting at the nipple making concentric circles
  • Squeeze nipple

Early Breast Cancer Detection

  • Monthly self-breast exam
  • Clinical breast exam (every 2 to 3 years until age 40; yearly after that)
  • Mammogram (yearly for those 40 and older)

Mammography Facts

  • Can increase breast cancer survival
  • Only test that can detect microcalcifications (abnormalities can be the earliest sign of cancer)
  • Very low radiation dose

3-D Mammography (tomosynthesis)

  • Earlier detection
  • Greater detail
  • Important for women with dense breasts
  • Reduces false positives

Dense Breasts

  • 40 percent of women have dense breasts
  • Increases risk of breast cancer up to 2 times
  • Makes it harder to read mammograms
  • New California law requires notification to patients with dense breasts