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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.

    expand to learn more Breast cancer signs: What breast cancer symptoms should I watch for?

    expand to learn more Breast cancer checks: How often should I get screened for breast cancer symptoms?

    expand to learn more Breast cancer screening: What if my test results are abnormal?

  • Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Mammograms, Clinical Breast Exams and Self-exams, rad-ahc-14066 (3/08); American Cancer Society; "Types of Breast Biopsies" by Tammy Fox, MD, and Diane Stoller, MD, Piper Breast Center Communiqué, winter 2003; National Cancer Institute
    Reviewed by: Timothy Sielaff, MD, PhD, FACS, president, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; Carol Bergen, RN, manager, Piper Breast Center; Deborah Day, MD, medical director, Piper Breast Center
    First published: 08/25/2009
    Last reviewed: 08/25/2009