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Early Detection is a Woman’s Best Defense Against Breast Cancer

Although there are some women who are at  higher risk,the fact is that all women are at risk  for breast cancer. That is why it is so important to follow this three-step plan for preventive care.  Although breast cancer cannot be prevented, early detection provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment.


Three-Step Plan for Preventative Care

  1. Routine Breast Self-Exam (BSE) – a woman should begin practicing BSE by the age of 20 and continue throughout her life at the same time every month.  Regular BSE teaches women to know how their breasts normally feel so you can detect any changes more easily.
  2. Clinical Examination – a breast examination by a physician or clinician trained to evaluate breast problems should be part of a woman’s regular physical examination.  Between the ages of 20 and 30, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every three years.
  3. Mammography – the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends yearly screening for all women ages 40 and older.  Digital Mammography, an X-ray of the breast tissue, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage.

Consult your health care provider regarding the screening guideline most appropriate for you.




At Hackensack Meridian Health we provide a range of additional services to help foster cancer prevention, and early detection.

Educational Seminars and Community Outreach Meridian offers a number of seminars to help you understand risk factors and symptoms, as well as provide you with information about a variety of health and wellness topics.

Risk Assessment Tool  – This user friendly, interactive tool can help women gain a good understanding of their likelihood to possibly develop breast cancer.



About Breast Health

Our online wellness center provides information about a variety of health topics including symptoms, information about specific diseases or conditions, and more.

What is Mammography?

Frequently Asked Questions About Mammography

How to Perform a Breast Self-examination (BSE)

A Guide to Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Learn More


Hackensack Meridian Breast Centers

With locations all throughout New Jersey, our comprehensive breast centers offer a wide range of diagnostic modalities to detect and properly diagnose breast conditions at their earliest stages.

Learn more.