Resources & Screening Guidelines

Early detection of cancer is one of the most important steps you can take in the fight against cancer. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better chance for a cure. Routine breast cancer screening should include a combination of breast self-examination, clinical breast examination by a physician, and digital or conventional mammography.


Below are general guidelines. If you have a family history of breast cancer or other factors that put you at high risk, then your doctor will personalize these tests to fit your specific needs.


WHEN                          SCREENING TEST                                     HOW OFTEN


20s & over                Breast self-exam                               Monthly


20s & 30s                 Clinical breast exam by physician          At least every 3 years


40 & over                 Clinical breast exam by physician          Annually


40 & over                 Mammogram                                     Annually



Mammography Saves Lives

There is still a lot of confusion on who needs an annual mammogram. This leading breast imaging physician separates fact from fiction and explains why women, 40 and older, still need to speak with their doctor about getting an annual mammogram.








Helpful Links 


Hereditary Cancer Quiz


Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Resource Center

Women’s Cancer Resource Center


Susan G. Komen Foundation


How SAVI® Brachy Works


General Oncology

American Cancer Society


Cancer Education

National Cancer Institute

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Myriad Genetics






Cancer Support Community of North Texas/Gilda's Club

Center for Advancement in Cancer Education

cleaningforareason.org (provides free house cleaning to women with any type of cancer)

National Lymphedema Network



American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

Livestrong Foundation

National Society of Genetic Counselors


Cancer Care

Methodist Richardson Cancer Center

Asian Breast Health Outreach Project




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