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Breast Health Guidelines


Early detection is a woman's best defense in the fight against breast cancer. The earlier cancer is detected, the more options a woman has for treatment.
The American Cancer Society has developed the following guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women:
  • Women aged 20 years and older should practice breast self-examination.

  • Women between 20 and 40 should have a physical examination of their breasts every three years.

  • Women should have a baseline mammogram by age 40. Please discuss this with your physician.

  • Women 40 years of age or older should have a physical examination of their breasts annually, as well as a mammogram every year.

Contact Us

For more informaiton or to access services, please contact:


MaineGeneral Breast Care Program
Alfond Center for Health
35 Medical Center Parkway
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: (207) 621-6162
Fax: (207) 621-6166