A member asked:

Is clinical breast exam needed before mammogram? considering cost, i think should be done.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

It is preferential to do a clinical breast exam yearly in women over age 40, however, a mammogram can "see" and detect growths that are sometimes not clincially palpable. The best advice here is to do breast self exam monthly after the menstrual period starts to eliminate the breast swelling that occurs before the period.

Answered Mar 20, 2012

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Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

It is a complementary examination. Physical exam can pick up a small percentage of cancers not seen on mammo. However, it is not required in order to have a mammogram.

Answered Jul 11, 2014

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Dr. Diane Minich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

but a good idea to have a breast exam in addition.

Answered Jul 11, 2014

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