Breast Exam Advice Dunn NC

While regular breast self-exams (BSEs) have long been considered a crucial way to detect breast cancers, they haven’t gotten very good marks when scrutinized by researchers. It now considers self-exams an optional, rather than necessary, element of early detection.

Kevin P McMullen
(336) 716-2255
Medical Center Blvd
Winston Salem, NC
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Ifeoma Lauretta Odogwu, MD
(919) 967-8781
3100 Tower Blvd Ste 600
Durham, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Royal Coll Of Surgeons In Ireland, Med Sch, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1989

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Mark Yoffe, MD
(919) 781-7070
4420 Lake Boone Trl
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1977

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Christine Luise Kempton, MD
101 Manning Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn 55905
Graduation Year: 1997

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Keith Lerro
(800) 446-1808
2624 Ortho Dr W
Wilson, NC
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Everett Craig Ribakove, MD
(704) 344-1995
3300 Gray Moss Rd
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1994

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Allen Russell Chauvenet, MD
(336) 716-4085
Medical Center Blvd,
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1978

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Krystal S Bottom, MD
(828) 213-5770
445 Biltmore Ave Ste 101
Asheville, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1989

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Donald S Miller, MD
(704) 482-8936
1405 N Lafayette St
Shelby, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1962

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Carlos M De Castro, MD
(919) 684-8964
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1985

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Breast Exam Dilemma
Q Are breast self-exams useful or not? I keep hearing conflicting advice.

A While regular breast self-exams (BSEs) have long been considered a crucial way to detect breast cancers, they haven’t gotten very good marks when scrutinized by researchers. Last year, in the wake of studies showing that women who did BSEs every month were no less likely to die from breast cancer than women who didn’t, the American Cancer Society changed its position: It now considers self-exams an optional, rather than necessary, element of early detection. (Breast exams by a doctor every three years beginning at age 20 and regular mammograms starting at 40 are still advised.) Many alternative practitioners recommend thermography, too.

That doesn’t mean you should leave all the responsibility for checking your breasts to your doctor. Most experts still counsel women to make a regular effort to monitor their breasts themselves, says Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse-midwife in Washington, D.C. If you feel comfortable doing BSEs, by all means continue. Otherwise, get familiar with the way your breasts feel at different times of the month. If you notice anything unusual, tell your health care provider right away.

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