Clinical Breast Exam

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A clinical breast examination is a physical exam done by a health care provider as part of your regular medical checkup. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about clinical breast exams in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A clinical breast exam is performed by a health care professional trained to recognize many different types of abnormalities and warning signs.

During a clinical breast exam, your health care provider checks your breasts appearance. The skin covering your breasts is checked for any rash, dimpling or other abnormal signs.

Your nipples may be checked to see if fluid is expressed when lightly squeezed. Your health care provider will also check the lymph nodes near the breast to see if they are enlarged.

If a lump is discovered, your health care provider will note its size, shape and texture. He or she will also check to see if the lump moves easily. Benign lumps often feel different from cancerous ones, but any lump found will likely need to be examined with further diagnostic measures.

Clinical breast exams are an important part of early detection. Although most lumps are discovered through breast self-exams, an experienced professional may notice a suspicious place that fails to register as a warning in the patients mind.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.