What Is Breast Cancer Screening?

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. The Breast Cancer Screening Chart (PDF File)[PDF-180KB] compares recommendations from several leading organizations. All women need to be informed by their health care provider about the best screening options for them. When you are told about the benefits and risks of screening and decide with your health care provider whether screening is right for you—and if so, when to have it—this is called informed and shared decision-making.

Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an organization made up of doctors and disease experts who look at research on the best way to prevent diseases and make recommendations on how doctors can help patients avoid diseases or find them early.

The USPSTF recommends that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor or other health care professional about when to start and how often to get a mammogram. Women should weigh the benefits and risks of screening tests when deciding whether to begin getting mammograms before age 50.

Breast Cancer Screening Tests


mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. At this time, a mammogram is the best way to find breast cancer for most women.

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A breast MRI uses magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the breast. MRI is used along with mammograms to screen women who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. Because breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, they are not used for women at average risk.

Other Exams

Clinical Breast Exam

clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.

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Happening: #AKissToAccept - In solidarity with transgender individuals who are unable to come out to their loved ones and society – and – who were violently oppressed. Show them the respect and acceptance and pledge to oppose discrimination. Type and send the hashtag #AKissToAccept followed by the Vivid Girl Kiss Sticker image in support of this cause. (This community-lead development started when Camila introduced her transgender friend Shen in public chat feed). Before this, there were incidents of transgender users expressing their stress due to physical and sexual assaults they experienced which lead them to attempt suicide. This must be stopped. Let's start this good cause right here from our community.

Total Unique  Acceptance Kisses (Signatures) Received: 88  Including 2 Staff Members3 Contributors and 5 Moderators. 80 needed to earn Momentous Community Lead Development title. At least one STAFF signature is needed to officially recognize this Development. [Updated 08:11 PM, Oct 17 (GMT+05:30) by Sahasthi]

This trending event earned Momentous Community-Lead Development Title. (First time in a month and only the second time in the Public Chat Section after #OpposeDeathPenalty.) This Development has been  Officially Recognized by LankanChat  after Maria endorsed it, soon followed by Amnesia.

 #AKissToAccept – Outcomes  We invite our transgender users to write us about the negative experiences they faced throughout their life for just being a transgender and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are going to compile your stories and publish to make awareness about discrimination faced by the one of the most overlooked and innocent segment in our society. [by Katherine]


  • As we approach election night in Sri Lanka, our opinion poll passed 400 votes. At this moment, our contributors decided to cover the candidates that polled highest.
  • From the recorded votes so far, majority decided to boycott the election. Among the candidates, Dr. Rohan Pallewatta is currently leading the poll while Dr. Ajanta Perera comes close second.
  • We already introduced Dr. Ajanta to our community as the first female Prez candidate in SL after 20 years. From here onwards, over contributors will start the coverage of top candidates from our opinion polls.
  • Non-contributors can also post their articles relating to #SLDecide2019 and if they met our standards and succeed in showing significance, our contributors will feature them.
  • Our opinion poll shows major party candidates face a shocked rejection.

Sajith and Gotabaya combined couldn't poll over 5% Sajith and Gotabaya combined couldn't garner over 5% 

  • To mark the initiation of this coverage, we published following posts about the two front runners.

⚠️These posts don't mean an endorsement of the relevant candidate. LankanChat is independent and not affiliated with any political campaign. We haven't yet endorsed any candidate.

Developing #CanadaDecide2019

Liberals Win!

Keep the hopes among Progressives across Canada and around the world.

Liberal Party outperformed Conservatives 157 seats to 122 giving Justin Trudeau a second term. (02:49 ET)
Okay ladies, yours most admired man is back in 24 Sussex Drive.

Gardez les espoirs des progressistes du Canada et du monde entier.

Le Parti libéral a surpassé les conservateurs avec 157 à 122 sièges, ce qui a valu à Justin Trudeau un second mandat. (02:49 ET)
D'accord mesdames, votre homme le plus admiré est de retour au 24, promenade Sussex.

Key points from his speech:

  • Canadians rejected divisions and negativity. Voted for Progressive agenda.
  • Reiterates his commitments to tackle Climate change and gun control.
  • He dedicated his victory to his wife Sophie Grégoire (What a gentleman!)

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