By Cristina S. Alencar, MD, Virginia Oncology Associates
Part 1 of the Series: How to be proactive with your health
Women who know their breasts are more likely to catch changes that could indicate cancer.
Every breast is unique, including its textures and density. Genetic factors and lifestyle choices can directly affect breast health. A clinical breast exam (CBE) done by your healthcare professional at least once a year, and monthly breast self-exams can uncover problems at an early, treatable stage.