During a clinical breast exam, breast clinicians carefully palpate the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual.
The American Cancer Society recommends that all women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam every three years and women over 40 have one annually. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you might benefit from starting clinical breast exams earlier.
All Saint Luke’s breast exams are performed by nurse practitioners who are MammaCare® certified. This means they’re trained to recognize the difference between normal and abnormal tissue and to detect the smallest bumps. In fact, MammaCare-certified clinicians routinely find lumps as small as 0.5 cm.
Saint Luke’s offers clinical breast exams at: