Have you just turned 40? Time for a mammogram

A health official takes a client through breast cancer examination steps. From the age of 40, a woman should have an annual mammogram to ensure any tumour on the breast is detected early.

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What you need to know:

  • As women advance in age, their risk of having breast cancer increases too, due to accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes.
  • At 40, a mammogram can easily diagnose a lump on the breast that cannot be felt with self-examination.
  • One in six women is at the risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Women should also examine their breasts one or two weeks after their menses.

Have you just turned 40? Well, it’s time to start annual mammograms to ensure you are safe from breast cancer.


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