Emory Decatur Hospital recommends women follow the American Cancer Society’s breast exam schedule for finding breast cancer early even though you may not have symptoms
Breast self exam should be done by all women starting in their 20s.
Women should report any changes in how their breasts look or feel to
their health professional right away.
Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a regular exam by a health expert, preferably every three years. The health professional does a visual exam of your breasts and uses the pads of his or her fingers to gently feel your breasts for lumps. The area under both arms also will be examined. It might be a good idea to have the clinical breast exam shortly before a mammogram. You can use the exam to learn what your own breasts feel like and to learn how to do breast self exam if you don’t already know how.
After age 40, your breast exam schedule should include a breast exam by a health expert every year. Women age 40 and older also should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. For information on mammograms at DeKalb Medical or to schedule your next mammogram.
Women with a higher risk of breast cancer should talk with their doctor about the best approach for them. Your doctor could recommend starting mammograms earlier, having extra screening tests such as a diagnostic mammogram or breast MRI or having more frequent exams.
If you have symptoms of breast cancer, call the experts at Emory Decatur Hospital. Dial 404.501.EASY to talk with a specially trained nurse who can discuss your concerns and make sure you receive prompt medical care. We'll see to it that you have an immediate mammogram and a convenient appointment with a physician who specializes in breast care – all usually within 24 hours.