Breast Screening Guidelines

The Virginia Mason Breast Clinic, in Seattle and Federal Way, recommends these breast screening guidelines for women who are not at high risk of developing breast cancer:

  • Yearly screening mammogram for women age 40 and older
  • Yearly clinical breast exam
  • Monthly breast self exam (BSE)

The recommendation for BSE is controversial. There is no evidence that it is beneficial in the long run, so if you feel uncomfortable checking your own breasts, don't worry. However, BSE can help you become more aware of how your breasts normally look and feel.

If you would like further information about how to perform BSE, please let us know by calling (877) 433-9813.