Which Type of Breast Cancer Screening is Right for You?

Discuss the types of breast cancer screenings at your next doctor’s visit and find out which one is right for you.


Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest.

Regular screening tests (along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed) reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Screening Tests

Breast cancer screening tests include clinical breast exam and mammography. For some women at higher than average risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may also be used.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations


Breast cancer screening is important for all women.

If you’re at higher than average risk of breast cancer, you may need to be screened earlier and more often than women at average risk.

Learn about breast cancer screening recommendations for women at average risk.

Learn about breast cancer screening recommendations for women at higher than average risk.


Breast cancer screening is not recommended for most men. It’s only recommended for some men at higher than average risk due to an inherited gene mutation or a strong family history of breast cancer.

Learn about breast cancer screening recommendations for men at higher than average risk.

Follow-up After An Abnormal Finding On A Screening Test

If screening finds something abnormal, it’s important to get follow-up without delay. If breast cancer is found, it’s best to be diagnosed and treated at the earliest possible stage.

Follow-up after an abnormal finding on a screening test may include a diagnostic mammogram, a breast MRI and/or a breast ultrasound.

To learn how breast cancer is diagnosed, visit the Diagnosis section.

» Know The Warning Signs

The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. 

The most common signs include a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

» If You Find A Lump

If you feel a lump in your breast, try not to panic or worry. Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, such as a benign (not cancer) breast condition.

However, if you find a lump (or notice any change in your breast or underarm area), it’s best to see a doctor to be sure it’s not breast cancer.

Learn more about what to do if you find a lump.  

» Low-Cost Or Free Mammograms

Most insurance companies cover the cost of mammograms. If you are uninsured or underinsured, Susan G. Komen San Diego provides free mammograms to women and men in San Diego.

Learn more about free mammograms.