Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

Your CBE is a physical examination of your breast by a healthcare professional. During the exam, the healthcare professional will check your breasts, often using the same finger-touch technique that is used for breast self-exams. If you are 40 and over, it is preferable to schedule your annual CBE shortly before your annual mammogram so that any suspicious areas found during your CBE can be reviewed in the mammogram.

If you choose to do breast self-exam, your CBE is a good time to get instructions on how to examine your breasts correctly. Your healthcare professional can help you do your own breast self-exam or demonstrate the proper techniques on a breast form. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have about your breast health.

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