A thorough breast exam will be
performed as part of your annual exam. For the exam, you undress
from the waist up. Your healthcare provider will look at your
breasts for changes in size or shape. Your provider may ask you to
lift your arms over your head, put your hands on your hips or lean
forward. He or she will examine your breasts for any skin changes
including rashes, dimpling or redness. This is a good time to learn
how to do a breast self-exam if you don't already know how.
As you lay on your back with your arms behind your head, your
healthcare provider will examine your breasts with the pads of the
fingers to detect lumps or other changes. The area under both arms
will also be examined.
Your healthcare provider will gently press around your nipple to
check for any discharge. If there is discharge, a sample may be
collected for examination under a microscope.