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Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer: Breast Cancer

Screening methods to find breast cancer include clinical breast examination (doctors or nurses examine women's breasts for lumps), mammography, and other imaging techniques. Screening may find cancers early, when they are most treatable.

On this page:

Breast Changes and Conditions

  • Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women

    Information on specific breast conditions and changes, including how these changes are detected, diagnosed and treated. Explains that while most breast changes are not cancer, all breast changes need to be checked by a doctor. Helps women understand the next steps after an abnormal mammogram result, and includes a list of questions to help women talk with their doctor about these issues.

  • Having a Breast Biopsy: A Guide for Women and Their Families

    This guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality explains the different kinds of breast biopsies, how effective they are in finding cancer, and their possible side effects.

Breast Cancer Screening Summary


  • Mammograms

    A fact sheet that defines screening and diagnostic mammograms and outlines mammography screening guidelines. Discusses the benefits and some potential limitations of screening mammograms.

  • Find an FDA Certified Mammography Facility

    Find an FDA certified mammography facility near where you live or work.

  • National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

    CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribes.

Other Screening Methods

Clinical Trials to Screen for Breast Cancer

Find Clinical Trials to Screen for Breast Cancer
Check for breast cancer screening trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location and other features.

Research About Breast Cancer Screening