Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

13. What happens during a clinical breast exam?

During a clinical breast exam, a doctor or other health care professional checks the breasts and underarms for lumps or other changes that could be a sign of breast cancer. The doctor can tell a lot about a lump by carefully feeling it and the tissue around it. Benign lumps often feel different from cancerous ones.

It is important for women to report lumps or other significant changes that they note in their breasts to their health care provider.