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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that about 2,000 women in Hawaii are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Women over 40 who are at average-risk for breast cancer are recommended to have an annual mammogram and clinical breast examination. For women between 20-39 years of age, the ACS recommends a clinical breast examination every three years. Women who choose to perform breast self-exams should receive instructions and have their technique reviewed by a health care professional who performs clinical examinations.  

The following recommendations are based on “American Cancer Society Recommendations for the Early Detection of Cancer in Average-Risk Asymptomatic People,” as of September 5, 2006.

The risk factors that could increase your risk of getting breast cancer include aging, a family history of breast cancer, being overweight, consuming foods with a lot of saturated fats and transfatty acids, a lack of exercise and alcohol consumption. Although there are some risk factors that you cannot control, you can help reduce your risks by eating healthful foods, getting regular exercise, limiting your alcohol consumption, performing breast self examinations regularly and getting mammograms as recommended by your physician.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that about 2,000 women in Hawaii are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Women over 40 who are at average-risk for breast cancer are recommended to have an annual mammogram and clinical breast examination. For women between 20-39 years of age, the ACS recommends a clinical breast examination every three years. Women who choose to perform breast self-exams should receive instructions and have their technique reviewed by a health care professional who performs clinical examinations.