The last part of your clinical breast examination is an examination manual nipples and areola. When you have your monthly breast self-exam, you may notice some changes of the nipple-bring the attention of your physician.
The doctor will check for nipple, colour and position. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any nipple pain, are pregnant or breastfeeding, have had any breast surgery, or have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. If there is any different from the nipple, breast milk can be sampled and sent for laboratory testing.
Your doctor will monitor your position by gently squeezing nipple nipple or with the index and middle fingers and pulling forward. They will be watching to see if the nipple springs back in place, or if pulls back in.
It will also examine the areola, to see if you have any pain or swelling beneath them, how could it be a subareolar abscess. If the areola is bumpy, persistent itchy, red, scaly or formicola, could be an infection or Paget's disease of the nipple, a type of breast cancer.
Clinical Breast Exam-benefits to remember