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What happens during a breast exam?

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The doctor will ask about your health history. Questions might include what age you got your period, if you have children, and your age when your first child was born. Then you'll undress from the waist up. They'll look for changes in breast size, shape, or symmetry. They may ask you to lift your arms over your head, put your hands on your hips, or lean forward. They'll check for skin changes like rashes, dimpling, or redness. You'll lie on your back with your arms behind your head. They'll check your breasts and underarms for lumps or other changes. They'll gently press around your nipple to check for discharge. If they find any, they may collect a sample to examine under a microscope.

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The Cleveland Clinic: "Clinical Breast Examination."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on December 04, 2019

SOURCE:

The Cleveland Clinic: "Clinical Breast Examination."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on December 04, 2019

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