Who should be screened?**
|Clinical breast exam||At least every three years|
|Age 40 and older||Frequency|
|Clinical breast exam||Once a year|
|Mammogram||Once a year|
* Women at higher risk may need to be screened earlier and more frequently as recommended.
** Source: http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/Content_Binaries/806-374a.pdf
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. it is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer at an early stage when it is small and easier to treat.
What is a clinical breast exam?
A clinical breast exam is performed by a health provider and includes a visual examination and careful feeling of the entire breast–from the collarbone to the bra line, and from the armpit to the breastbone.
What is 2-1-1 Doing?
Since the San Diego County Cancer Navigator closed its doors in 2010, San Diego County does not have a single access point for services related to cancer and breast health. However, 2-1-1 San Diego talks to an average of 18,000 people each month, with the ability to take calls in over 200 languages. With the majority of clients being women, we are a natural fit to connect them to healthcare information, programs and services. In October 2011, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we began our partnership with Susan G Komen to provide opportunities for women to become knowledgeable of, and have access to, breast health resources and screenings.
Dial 2-1-1. Then press “3” for healthcare-related needs and then press “1” for breast healthcare related needs.