What Are the Roles for Physical Exam, Mammography, MRI and Breast Self-Exam in the Screening Process for Breast Cancer?

Question: What are the roles for physical exam, mammography, MRI and breast self-exam in the screening process for breast cancer? Answer: Annual breast examination by a woman's primary care provider and monthly breast self-examination are essential parts of personal health maintenance. Annual mammography is recommended for all patients beginning at age 40, and for certain high-risk patients at earlier times, as dictated by her doctor. Breast MRI is used for women who have exceptionally dense...Full Story
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