The ACS recommends these general guidelines on what types of tests to have and when to have them:
- Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health;
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year;
- Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
- Women at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.
For more information on breast cancer, the risk factors and prevention steps, please visit the American Cancer Society website.