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)