Schedule a clinical breast exam every year, starting at age 40.
What is it?
Fort healthCare recommends yearly clinical breast exams, performed by a health care provider, as well as yearly mammograms. During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then an X-ray captures images of your breasts. Sometimes additional imaging tests, such as breast ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are recommended.
A clinical breast exam can detect abnormal skin changes or lumps in your breasts. Mammograms and other imaging techniques can detect calcifications, breast lumps or other suspicious changes when they’re too small to be detected by physical exam.