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Screening & Early Detection

Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment, if diagnosed) reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer.

This section discusses standard breast cancer screening tests and breast cancer screening recommendations.

Breast Cancer Screening Tests

Mammography

Clinical Breast Exam

Breast MRI

Quality of Screening Tests

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Women

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations for Women at Average Risk

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations for Women at Higher Than Average Risk

Men

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations for Men at Higher Than Average Risk

Follow-Up Tests After an Abnormal Finding on a Screening Test

Diagnostic Mammogram

Breast MRI

Breast Ultrasound

Follow-Up After an Abnormal Finding on a Clinical Breast Exam

Follow-Up After an Abnormal Finding on a Mammogram

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Questions for Your Health Care Provider

Questions for Your Health Care Provider – Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening Methods – Under Study

Emerging Areas in Early Detection

Breast Cancer Screening Statistics

Screening Mammography Rates

Comparing Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Different Groups

Summary Research Tables

Research Studies on Mammography in Women Ages 40-49

Research Studies on Mammography in Women Ages 50-69

Research Studies on Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) for Breast Cancer Screening

Research Studies on Breast MRI for Breast Cancer Screening for Women at Higher Than Average Risk

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer in Women

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer in Men

What to Do if You Find a Lump

Susan G. Komen®’s Breast Care Helpline:
1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

Calls to our Breast Care Helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Our helpline provides free, professional support services to anyone who has questions or concerns about breast cancer, including people diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.

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Updated 11/10/21