There is no better way to fight breast cancer than to detect the disease in its earliest stages.  That's why regular mammograms and risk assessments are so important.  Early detection saves lives.  In turn, the key to early detection is awareness.  Women who never think about getting checked or who do not understand the risks of breast cancer are far less likely to discover the disease in its earliest and most treatable stages.


When to start Screenings? 

The Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center encourages women to follow the American Cancer Society recommendations for early breast cancer detection.
  • Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, at least every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
  • Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
  • 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%.

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The Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center specializes in proactive breast care, risk-reduction techniques and early detection and treatment providing the finest breast care around to the women of our community.  Our experienced and compassionate staff is available to answer questions and assist with scheduling your next appointment.


Resources & Related Links:

General Information:

American Cancer Society,

American Society of Clinical Oncology,

Breast Cancer Network of Strength,

National Cancer Institute,

Susan G. Komen for the Cure,

Susan Love Research Foundation,

The Wellness Community,



Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF),

Young Survival Coalition- Young women facing breast cancer together,

Cancer Support Community, A Global Network of Education and Hope,


Symptom Management:

Cancer Symptoms from the Oncology Nursing Society- The Cancer Journey,

Fertile Hope,

Look Good…Feel Better,

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center,