Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer. Even though Indians a have lower breast cancer rates than the women in the west, they are more likely than whites to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is more advanced and difficult to treat. Yet, even with early diagnosis, Indians are more likely to have tumors. They also seem to get breast cancer at younger ages. Researchers are still trying to find out why these differences happen.

We do not know how to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk, such as limiting how much alcohol you drink, avoiding smoking, breast feeding and being physically active.

There also are things you can do to find breast cancer early. Breast cancer screening looks for signs of cancer before a woman has symptoms. Screening can help find breast cancer early when it's most treatable. Two tests are commonly used to screen for breast cancer:

Mammograms.

A safe, low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. Starting at age 40, women should have screening mammograms every 1-2 years. Depending on factors such as family history and your general health, your doctor may recommend a mammogram before age 40.

Clinical breast exam (CBE).

The doctor looks at and feels the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual. Ask your doctor if you need a CBE. 

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