While women at every age should know what their breasts normally feel and look like, here are some steps you can take at different ages to make sure your breast health is at its best.
Women in their 20s should report any breast changes to their healthcare professional right away and should have a clinical breast examination as part of a regular health exam by a health professional at least every three years. Monthly breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Women in their 30s should have a clinical breast examination as part of a regular health exam by a healthcare professional at least every three years, as well as performing monthly breast self-exams.
Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. They should have a breast exam by a healthcare professional every year and perform monthly breast self-exams.