A LITTLE EXTRA AWARENESS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE.
RAO and the American Cancer Society remain vigilant in our efforts to increase breast cancer awareness and help save lives. Caught in its earliest stages, breast cancer can be stopped. It takes just 3 steps to help catch breast cancer early, when it is most easily treated. Protect yourself – and those you love – with the following commonsense practices.
3 EASY STEPS TO EARLY DETECTION
1. Annual mammogram* – Have your baseline mammogram at age 40 and once a year afterward. RAO offers 3D mammograms that we store electronically for comparison so that changes can be discovered early. We offer routine screening mammograms without a doctor’s referral.
*Due to family history, genetic tendencies or other reasons, about 2% of women in the U.S. may need a breast MRI in addition to a mammogram. Ask your doctor if he or she recommends that you have a breast MRI and we will be happy to schedule an appointment.
2. Clinical breast exam – Have your doctor or nurse practitioner examine your breasts as part of your regular health exam. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, once every three years is fine. If you’re 40 or older, have it done once a year.
3. Monthly self-exams – Starting in your 20s, perform a breast self-exam once a month. Get to know what your breast tissue feels like so that you’ll notice any changes. About 40% of breast cancers are found by women during self-exam, so make it a regular part of your month.