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A Step-By-Step Guide To Self Breast Exams & What To Look For, From MDs

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Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in American women (and the rates are even higher among Black women). This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer. While that number is staggering, the death rates from breast cancer have dropped 41% from 1989 to 2018, due to early detection-making breast exams a lifesaving tool for some. Here's everything you need to know about mammograms and self breast exams, according to doctors.

According to the United States Preventive Task Force Services, it's recommended that a person with an average risk for breast cancer start screening at 50 years old. (Find our comprehensive timeline for different health exams here.) 

However, "we will recommend earlier screening if [you] have a previous personal history of cancer, direc

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