Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines: What You Should Know

Primary care physicians play a pivotal role in encouraging patients to get regular breast cancer screenings. Having specific screening knowledge helps PCPs navigate patient confusion about screening guidelines. Watch this short video on the three components of breast cancer screening—brought to you by Andrea Porpiglia, MD, MSc, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase.

Three Components of Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Awareness

  • Each patient must know her breasts and be aware of what changes are normal for her. 

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

  • Asymptomatic women between 25-39 years old with no risk factors should undergo a CBE every 1-3 years.
  • Women over age 40, women with increased risk factors for breast cancer, women with a history of breast cancer and/or who are symptomatic should undergo more frequent CBE.

Breast Imaging

  • Women who are at average risk should get an annual digital screening mammographystarting at age 40.
  • Women who are at increased risk should get an annual breast MRI in addition to annual mammograms.


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