Prevention of Breast Cancer
Examine Your Breasts Every Month Beginning At Age 20 (see your doctor for self breast exam instructions). Check for: new lump (painful or not), unusual thickening of tissue, discharge from the nipples, change in the skin of nipples or breasts, or different breast size or shape than before.
Have Your Doctor Examine Your Breasts Every Year Or Two Beginning At Age 30
Have A Mammogram Every Year After Age 40
Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer
- How large was the breast cancer?
- Had the cancer spread to the lymph nodes?
- Has the cancer spread anywhere else?
- Is my cancer estrogen receptor positive?
- Is my cancer HER-2/neu positive?
- What kind of surgery do you recommend and why?
- Do you recommend radiation?
- What kind of systemic treatments do you recommend and why?
- What kind of symptoms should I be aware of?
- What is my prognosis?