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your risk at your age is low. Very low
In fact, the american cancer society recommends against routine self exams
I think you are fine. Just do your yearly checkup
It hasn't been shown to improve outcomes.
In fact, it worsens outcomes
you should not be getting regular mammograms or ultrasounds unless there is a mass that arises
It is part of your OCD. You don't need to worry
No at age 40 minimum if you have no symptoms
please don't forget a positive rating. If you have more question, just reply
I notice that you have relisted the question.
What further information are you seeking?
I did read your original question, and the other expert correctly answered that question, which is why I ask what further information you are seeking.
His answer is correct in answer to your question. I can offer tons of additional input, as there are reams of information that can be provided about breast cancer. Entire books are written on the topic. An overall discussion of breast cancer is well beyond the scope of what can be provided in this forum, but we can answer specific qustions. That is why it is important to know what information you are seeking.
There is no study that shows how long an ultrasound is good. An ultrasound is used to evaluate lumps that are found on exam, but that is an evaluation of a specific finding and there is no measurement of how long it is good.
If your definition of what is good is meant in the context of screening (rather than the evaluation of a finding on exam) and how long it is good in that setting, there is nothing that has been shown to be good for screening of women in their 30s at any frequency of testing.
The numeric risks are commonly stated by decades, and the risk of getting breast cancer in your 30s is 0.44%. In your 40s, the risk will more than triple, to 1.45%. In your 50s, it is 2.31% and in your 60s it is 3.49%.
That is everybody. As the other expert noted, breast self-examination is no longer recommended. Of course, if s a lump is noticed while bathing/showering or other regular activities, it is appropriate to bring it to the attention of your doctor, but dedicated breast self-examination as a means of breast cancer screening is no longer recommended.
You need to talk with your counselor about what increases your anxiety.