Breast cancer can be diagnosed at the earliest stage by undergoing simple screening tests
1) Self-breast examination- A simple examination of one's breast and axilla once a month will help you detect any new swelling or changes in the breast which will help you to seek medical help at the earliest. The self-breast examination is recommended once a month by every female after the age of 21 years
2) Clinical breast examination- It may be prudent to see your family physician/surgeon/gynecologist for a proper clinical breast examination once in 6 months as a part of a routine check-up. Doctors being trained are more likely to pick up suspicious abnormalities earlier than you!
3) Screening mammography- Screening mammography is an X-ray of the breast which helps to detect the earliest possible cancerous changes in the breast. Screening mammography is recommended for all females once every year after the age of 40 years.
These simple screening methods if followed up well will help to detect breast cancer at the earliest stage and help to achieve a cure.