ALL women are at risk for breast cancer and this increases when you:
*Are over 50
*Have a family history of breast cancer
*Have your first child after age 30
*Have never had children
*Are obese (weigh 40 per cent more than your ideal body weight).
Early detection is your best defence. You must:
*Do your breast self-examination at the same time every month
*Have your clinical examination by a physician regularly
*Do your mammogram at least once a year if you are 40 years and over.
Why do a mammogram?
*It is the number one screening tool
*It is able to detect lumps two years before they can be felt
*It is able to detect other abnormalities which indicate the presence of cancer.
When to do a mammogram:
Women 40 years and older are encouraged to do a mammogram every year. However, if you are in the high-risk group, you need to consult your health care provider for your personal screening plan.
— Jamaica Cancer Society