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Prevention and detection

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer.

    • Limiting the use of alcohol, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy body weight can help prevent breast cancer.
    • Mammograms, clinical breast exams (done during your annual physical) and periodic breast self-exams can help detect breast cancer early, when it is most curable.

    Facing a breast cancer diagnosis is difficult. That is why we encourage women to ask many questions—and even get second opinions—about their breast care.

    Breast cancer signs: What breast cancer symptoms should I watch for?

    Breast cancer checks: How often should I get screened for breast cancer symptoms?

    Breast cancer screening: What if my test results are abnormal?

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