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The recommendations for breast
cancer screening used to be simple:
a monthly breast self-exam, an
annual clinical exam, and a baseline
mammogram at age 35 with annual
mammograms starting at age 40.
But the recommendations are no
longer so clear. Researchers studying
detection haven't found strong evidence in favor of breast self-exams
or clinical breast exams, and medical
organizations have varying recommendations on when women should
begin regular mammograms.
So what's a woman to do?
First off, it's still important to
pay attention to any changes in the
breast, such as dimpling, puckering,
a sore that doesn't go away, new
or growing lumps, or anything that
Also, talk to your doctor, says
Lynne M. Lillie, MD, a member of the
board of directors of the American
Academy of Family Physicians.
"I do physicals all day long, and I
say, 'Let's talk about your personal
history, your family history and what
feels comfortable to you-age 40, 45
or 50 and every year or every two,'"
she says. "It's an individual decision made between a woman and
3 Diabetes. You should have your
blood glucose levels checked every
three years beginning at age 40 if you
are overweight or obese.
3 Breast cancer. Women at average
risk should consider adding regular
mammograms to their screening routines
in their 40s. Recommendations vary, so
talk to your doctor about the best time
to start and how often to repeat the test.
3 Heart disease. There's no recommended age for screening women's cholesterol levels for those at normal risk.
Lillie recommends having your levels
checked at age 40 if they haven't been
checked earlier. Women should have
their blood pressure checked every three
to five years beginning at age 18 and
annually after 40.
middle age means your
risk for certain
diseases goes up.
Make a screening plan
with your doctor.
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