What is a clinical breast exam?
It is a minor medical procedure where a doctor or medical professional will examine your breasts and the surrounding areas for any lumps or abnormalities to test for signs of breast cancer.
How important are these tests?
Clinical breast exams, along with mammograms, are an important part of every woman’s health regimen as they help to detect breast cancer early. Early-stage breast cancer has a cure rate of over 90% so early detection of breast cancer can save your life; the later breast cancer is detected, the more difficult it is to treat it.
When should I start getting clinical breast exams?
It is recommended that women start getting clinical breast exams once they reach the age of 20.
How do I prepare for a clinical breast exam?
There is nothing in specific that you will need to do to prepare but we advise you to schedule it a few days after your period so that your breasts are not as tender or swollen. If you have reached menopause, it does not matter when you schedule an exam - any time is fine.
How often should I get a clinical breast exam?
- For women 20-35 years old: once every 2-3 years.
- For women 35 years and older: once a year.
To schedule an appointment or for any inquiries, call the Early Detection Unit at (+962-6) 53 00 460.