Early screening breast exams have been directly linked to the decline of breast cancer fatalities in recent years. At Nile Women's Health Care in Roswell and Suwanee, Georgia, breast exams are a crucial part of your comprehensive women’s wellness care. Schedule your appointment online or call the office to arrange your exam.
A clinical breast exam is a breast cancer screening test. Your women's health specialist manually examines both of your breasts while you're either lying down or sitting up.
During this screening, your specialist looks for unusual lumps or other breast tissue changes that could indicate abnormalities.
Your specialist at Nile Women's Health Care recommends a clinical breast exam frequency for your risk level and particular needs.
In general, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a clinical breast exam every 1-3 years at age 25-39, and annual clinical breast exams after that age.
If you have a history of breast cancer, either personally or in your immediate family, you might need more frequent breast exams.
A mammography breast exam, aka mammogram, is an advanced X-ray that captures your breast tissue images. Mammograms can potentially detect breast cancer in the early stages when it's most treatable.
A mammogram may detect some cancers before you have any obvious symptoms.
In some cases, a clinical breast exam could potentially detect a lump that doesn't appear on a mammogram. But, the mammogram can reveal hard-to-feel changes deeper in the breast tissue.
Both types of breast exams play a significant role in early cancer diagnosis, so you'll typically have both tests at different points during your life.
Your Nile Women's Health Care specialist recommends a mammogram schedule according to your risk level and personal needs. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mammograms once every 1-2 years, starting at 40, continuing through age 75.
As with clinical breast exam recommendations, if you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of breast cancer, you might need them more often.
During your clinical breast exam, you can discuss self-exam methods with your care provider. They can explain specific strategies and help you understand when a problem or concern requires professional attention.
The women-first providers at Nile Women’s Health Care offer comfortable breast exams in their two offices in Roswell and Suwanee. Book your appointment by phone or schedule an appointment online today.