Posted on December 5th, 2001 by
Finding disease. Early detection means that the disease is found at an early stage, before it has grown large and spread to other sites. (Note: Many forms of cancer can develop to an advanced stage without causing symptoms. Because of this, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, for example, are very difficult to detect.) Women who participate in early detection by performing monthly breast self-examination and getting medical attention for lumps and abnormalities in the breast, by having clinical breast exams by a health professional, and by having mammograms on the schedule recommended by the American Cancer Society. Mammography is the principal way to detect breast cancer early. A mammogram can show a developing breast tumor before it can be felt by the woman herself or even a highly skilled health care professional.
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