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Recommended screening protocol for breast cancer
  • Breast self-examination should be conducted once a month by all women starting from 20 years of age.
  • Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) is recommended every 3 years for all women from the age of 20 to 40 years. Women aged 40 or over, CBE is recommended annually.
  • In women whose relatives had breast or ovarian cancer under the age of 40 years, annual clinical breast examination should be started 5 years before the index case.
  • Breast self-examination should be taught and reinforced at every consultation.
  • Screening mammography is offered once in 2-3 years for women aged 50 – 69 years. (Can be adopted only when adequate mammography facilities are available throughout the country)

Breast cancer Early detection (download pdf)