Dr Brasner stresses the importance of regular mammograms. "Breast self exams are recommended for women of all ages; however, mammograms should be a part of a yearly preventative health schedule for women over 40," she says. "Early detection of breast cancer means more conservative treatment options." The National Cancer Institute estimates that just over 13 percent of women (one in seven) will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. In addition to regular checkups, understanding your risk factors can help you make changes in your lifestyle to reduce your chances of becoming a statistic and developing this potentially fatal disease.