For Your  Breast Health


Become familiar with your breasts by routinely checking them for signs and symptoms of disease. Please follow these guidelines as recommended by the American Cancer Society:

How often should I do breast self-exams?
All women should perform monthly breast self-exams starting at age 20. It should be done a few days after the last day of your period. If you don’t have periods any more, do your exam on the same day each month. Look for lumps, thickenings, nipple discharges, skin changes or any other signs of change.

How often should I have a clinical breast exam?
You should have a physician examine your breasts every three years if you are between the ages of 20 and 40, and every year after you are 40.

How often should I have a mammogram?
All women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year for the rest of their life. If there is a history of breast cancer in your immediate family (such as a mother, aunt or sister), you may begin having mammograms as early as 35. If you feel you are at increased risk for breast cancer, talk to your physician about when you should begin having mammograms.

For more information about the Breast Care Program, call (618) 526-5460.

To schedule an appointment, call St. Joseph’s Hospital Central Scheduling at (618) 526-5396.