Steps to Early Detection
Nor-Cal Think Pink recommends:
- Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
- Clinical breast exams (CBE) should be part of a periodic health exam, about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
- Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care providers. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
- Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderately increased risk (15% to 20% lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15%.
- For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute.
- Mt. Shasta
– Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta – 530-926-9380
- Red Bluff
– St. Elizabeth’s Imaging Center – 530-529-7860
– MD Imaging, Women’s Imaging Center – 530-243-1297
– Fairchild Medical Center – 530-842-4121
Breast Cancer Resources
- Soroptimist International of Redding – 530-243-6674
- Northern California Breast and Cervical Cancer Partnership (Every Woman Counts) – 800-511-2300
- American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org – 800-227-2345
- National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov – 800-422-6237
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – 800-462-9273