A 33-year-old member asked:
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is clinical breast exam needed before mammogram? considering cost, i think should be done.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not required: 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 on Mar 20, 2012
Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
54 years experience Nuclear Medicine
YES: Yes.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Physical exam: 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 on Jul 11, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not required: but a good idea to have a breast exam in addition.
Answered on Jul 11, 2014

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