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Breast cancer - steps to finding breast lumps early.

How can I find breast cancer early?  The best way to find breast lumps that may be cancer is to do two things: Have regular mammograms. Have your doctor check your breasts every year. Doing both gives you the best chance to find cancer as early as you can.  

2015

Patient Information

Cancer,

Patient Education,

Women’s Health

Cancer

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2010

Subject Guide

Cancer

    Recommendations on screening for breast cancer in women aged 40–74 years who are not at increased risk for breast cancer

    Breast cancer mortality rates among Canadian women have declined from 41.7 per 100 000 in 1988 to an estimated 23.2 per 100 000 in 2017, while age-standardized incidence has remained relatively stable, at around 130 per 100 000 since 2004. Declining mortality with stable incidence could reflect improvements in breast cancer treatment, timely detection of symptomatic cancer, screening programs, or all of these. Breast cancer screening programs have been in place in most regions of Canada since the early 1990s. In 2014, 54% of women aged 50 to 69 years had been screened in the previous 30 months via a screening program, and an unknown number of women were screened outside of programs. Screening may identify breast cancer earlier and lead to more effective and less invasive treatment; however, it may also lead to overdiagnosis and subsequent treatment of cancer that, left untreated, would not have become apparent or caused harm. Examples of adverse sequelae of treatments (e.g., surgical intervention, radiotherapy, chemotherapy) include pain, disfigurement and distress. In addition, false-positive screening results may have a psychological impact and can lead to adverse physical effects from further testing.

    2018

    Endorsed Practice Resource

    Cancer,

    Periodic Health Examination,

    Women’s Health

    Recommendations on Screening for Cervical Cancer

    The CFPC endorses the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care's Recommendations on Screening for Cervical Cancer.

    2013

    Endorsed Practice Resource

    Cancer

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