Detecting Breast Cancer Early

Women can take simple steps to catch breast cancer in its early stages.

ByABC News

July 31, 2007— -- While breast cancer treatment has improved dramatically in the past few decades, the disease continues to threaten the lives of millions of women in the United States.

Fortunately, there are steps that women can take to detect breast cancer early while the prognosis can still be favorable.

These tips refer to a percentage risk that your doctor works up from a questionnaire that patients fill out. Among the questions are those pertaining to family history, bad habits like smoking, and lifestyle habits.

Below are guidelines provided by the American Cancer Society on screening for breast cancer:

Source: The American Cancer Society.

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