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 When children are between the ages of 8 and 12, parents often ask dermatologists this question. If you’re a parent trying to answer this question, you’ve come to the right place.  In three easy steps, you can figure out how often a child between 8 and 12 years of age needs to shampoo.  Step 1: Consider your child’s traits To determine how often your child needs to shampoo, you first need to consider your child’s: Hair type (straight, curly, oily, dry) Age Activity level Step 2: Find your child’s traits on the following chart Shampoo guidelines: Children 8 to 12 years old Shampoo every other day or daily 12 years of age or starting puberty Oily, straight hair Active: Plays outdoors, plays sports, or swims Exception: Hair is dry and curly Shampoo 1 or 2 times per week 8 to 11 years of age Exception: Hair is dry and curly Shampoo every 7 to 10 days Dry and curly hair, even hair with braids or weaves After heavy sweating or swimming, rinse and condition the hair Step 3: Fine tune to get

What are the Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening?

 Having your breasts regularly checked for signs of cancer is an important part of taking care of your health. That’s because many breast cancer screening tests can detect cancer long before you might notice symptoms on your own.

Breast cancer screening tests can detect small changes in your breast tissue from year to year. If a screening test identifies a problem, your healthcare team can explore the area in greater depth to see whether the changes are from cancer or something else.

When breast cancer is detected and treated in its earliest stages, treatment is generally more successful.

The American Cancer Society reports that the 5-year relative survival rate for people whose breast cancer was detected in an early stage is 99 percentTrusted Source.

When breast cancer is detected at a later stage, treatment is often more involved, and the 5-year relative survival rate is lower. Keep in mind that these statistics, from 2010 to 2016 data, represent a general trend, and your situation may have a more positive outlook.

Read on to learn more about breast cancer screening recommendations and procedures.

What are the breast cancer screening guidelines?

Different health organizations recommend different approaches to breast cancer screening. Here’s a summary of the guidelines published by several respected organizations.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

The USPSTF, a volunteer panel of 16 physicians and researchers, provides the following recommendations for people who are at average risk for breast cancer:

Age Recommendations

40–49 individual choice — screening may occur once every 2 years or you may wait until you’re 50

50–74 mammogram once every 2 years

75+ no recommendations for or against, so talk with your doctor to come up with a screening plan

According the USPSTF, there’s not enough evidence to recommend additional screenings for people with denser breast tissue if the mammogram doesn’t show any signs of possible cancer.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer SocietyTrusted Source recommends a slightly different screening schedule, which continues the recommendation for annual screenings into the mid-50s:

Age Recommendations

40–44 individual choice

45–54 mammogram once per year

55+ mammogram every 1–2 years, as long as you’re in good health with a life expectancy of 10 years or longer

Similar to the USPSTF, the American Cancer Society doesn’t have specific recommendations for people with denser breast tissue, due to lack of evidence to support additional screenings.


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