If your institution subscribes to this resource, and you don't have a MyAccess Profile, please contact your library's reference desk for information on how to gain access to this resource from off-campus. Breast cancer is being detected at earlier stages due to improvements in imaging and increased public awareness of the breast health guidelines. The American Cancer Society recommends monthly self-breast exams, an annual clinical breast exam CBEand annual screening mammography for women over
A clinical breast exam CBE is a physical exam of the breasts and the underarm area by a trained healthcare professional. If you tell your doctor about a lump or change in your breasts, you may have a CBE. Your doctor or another trained healthcare professional may also do it as part of your regular physical exam.
You may have a 'triple assessment' which involves a physical examination, breast imaging and a biopsy. You may also have a small sample of cells a biopsy taken from your breast for testing if the physical examination and imaging identify anything unusual. You should normally have all your tests on one visit to the hospital to save you making several trips.
We offer breast cancer screening for women at all levels of risk. Breast exams are the check-ups, mammograms, and other types of screening methods that you may have to find breast cancer before symptoms develop. Having breast exams on a regular basis can help detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.
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The doctor will perform a clinical breast examination. This involves a thorough physical examination of the whole breast area, including both breasts, nipples, armpits and up to the collarbone. For women aged 35 years or older, both a mammogram and an ultrasound will be used.
These glands are connected via a series of ducts that ultimately join up to form a common drainage path, terminating at the nipple. The nipple is surrounded by a ring of pigmented tissue known as the areola. Fibro-elastic and fatty tissue provide support for the rest of the structure and allow the breast to maintain its distinctive shape.
Breast cancer can't be prevented, but you can take three important steps to help detect it earlier. The free resource, 3 Steps to Early Detectioncan increase your chance of finding breast cancer before it spreads. Tell us where we can send you your copy.