a. are often painful
b. are often visible to the naked eye
c. often don’t cause any symptoms
A: The correct answer is C – early signs of breast cancer often don’t cause any symptoms!
That is why it is incredibly important that all women follow the recommendations for breast cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society recommends the following:
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms.
- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
- Women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer (due to family history, a genetic tendency, or other factors) should be screened with MRIs and mammograms.
And, finally, because the most common symptom of breast cancer is a new mass, the American Cancer Society recommends that all women, regardless of age, should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a healthcare provider right away. Ladies, this is SO important – take some time each month to do a thorough self-exam! Breastcancer.org offers a great how-to for this: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam.
So let this be your reminder to be proactive when it comes to your health – at your next checkup make sure to work with your healthcare provider to decide on a screening plan!