Getting regular screening tests is the best way to lower your risk of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when it's most treatable.
In this section of Understanding Breast Cancer, we discuss the pros and cons of the standard breast cancer screening tests, including mammography and clinical breast exam, as well as MRI. We also discuss what happens if a test shows something abnormal.
In rare cases, breast cancer can occur in men. Because men have much less breast tissue compared to women, men are not routinely screened for breast cancer. Breast cancer screening is only recommended for certain men at high risk (these recommendations differ from recommendations for women). Learn more about male breast cancer and screening for men at high risk).