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Know when and how to check for breast cancer

Your Health Your Wealth

Tuesday, October 08, 2013    

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Know when and how to check for breast cancer

It is important to know when and how to check for breast cancer, and there is a screening guideline to do that, informed Yulit Gordon, executive director of the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS).

At least one teenage has sought assistance from JSC after developing breast cancer, but such cases are rare, said Gordon. Generally persons should start screening for breast cancer from as early as 20-year-old.

* Persons in their 20's

These persons need to do regular self breast examinations. This includes feeling and observing the breasts for abnormalities. This can be done while taking a shower or in front of the mirror.

* Persons in their 30's

These individuals should request a clinical breast examination when they visit their doctors for check-ups. If the doctor detects any abnormalities it is his duty to refer the patient to the JCS for a mammogram.

* Persons in their 40's and over

Breast cancer is most prevalent in this age group. These persons do not need a referral from a doctor in order to do a mammogram. It is recommended that these individuals do a mammogram at least once a year.

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