Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Breast cancer is a preventable disease and, if detected early and diagnosed, a disease that can be successfully treated.

Below are ways to help prevent breast cancer and detect the disease early.

Breast Cancer Prevention

  • If you have babies, breast feed them.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  • Exercise daily for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit.

Breast Cancer Early Detection

  • In your 20s and 30s, have a clinical breast exam (CBE) by a health care professional at least every three years.
  • Beginning at age 40, have an annual CBE.
  • At age 40, begin annual screening mammography.
  • If you are at high risk, talk with your health care professional about beginning annual screening mammograms at a younger age and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk with your health care professional about genetic testing.
  • At menopause, talk with your health care professional about whether you should have hormone replacement therapy.
  • Breast self-exam is one way that you can get to know what is normal for your breasts. If you notice changes, see your health care professional right away.

During Cancer Prevention Month in February 2014, remember to check out the Feel the Love: Check Your Mate™ awareness campaign.