Yearly Mammograms

An Important Message from Shelley Smith, ESPN Reporter and 5-Year Cancer Survivor

Taking the time to schedule and undergo a yearly mammogram gives women the greatest control of their breast health. Mammograms can detect small tumors and cancers up to a year before they could be felt in a physical examination. This early detection lets women receive the most successful and least invasive treatment options. A recommended yearly screening for women 40 years or older takes only minutes and could easily save your life.

Breast cancer also does not mean a woman will lose her breast - particularly with early detection and treatment. With radically improved treatment and diagnostic techniques, physicians are now able to find breast tumors as small as 2 millimeters (or the size of a pin head). When cancer is found at these early stages, surgical removal can be performed with less loss of breast tissue.

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Breast Self-Examination

Conducting a breast self-examination gives women a role and responsibility in the personal care of their health. The American Cancer Society recommends monthly self-examinations for any woman over the age of 20, normally done seven days following the beginning of the menstrual cycle. For post-menopausal women, the exam should fall on the same day each month.

Classes are held at Breast Diagnostic Center and are conducted by Certified Breast Care Nurses RN who specializes in all aspects of breast health. Classes are FREE and reservations are required. Classes are held Every Other Month at 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM.

Please call 310-784-6335, OPTION 3 for more information or to enroll in an upcoming class.

Physician Breast Exam

While breast self-examinations are a terrific way for women to take charge of their personal breast health, there are some inconsistencies more easily detected by a trained physician or nurse practitioner. It is recommended that all women between the ages of 20-29 have a clinical breast examination every 1-3 years. For those women over the age of 40 or in a higher risk group, a physician or nurse practitioner breast exam is recommended yearly.

Talk to your regular care provider about getting a breast exam, or call the Torrance Memorial Physician Referral Line at 310-517-4700 for referral to a physician in the community.