At what age should I start and how often should I do a breast self exam?

YSC does not endorse the practice of a formal BSE, which you can read more about in our YSC Position Paper on Breast Self Examination (BSE) and Early Detection. Instead, until there are reliable early detection and high-risk screening methods, YSC recommends young women be familiar with their breasts and be able to detect any change from the norm. We recognize that performing self exams might be the best way for some women to become familiar with their breasts, and therefore we do not discourage women from doing so. However, it is important that young women know the facts about breast cancer and the limitations of current early detection methods.

Early Detection and Diagnosis