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Clinical Breast Exam

A clinical breast exam (CBE) is a physical examination of the breast by a doctor or healthcare provider. The exam involves checking the look and feel of the breasts and underarms for any changes. The breasts can be checked while a woman is sitting up and/or lying down.

Clinical breast exams and breast self exams are important methods of early breast cancer detection and should be performed along with mammograms. Together these exams provide a more complete breast cancer screening.

Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a CBE at least every three years. After age 40, you should schedule a CBE with a mammogram every year.

Learn more from our Healthwise Knowledgebase:

How to do a breast self exam

Clinical breast exam