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Breast Exam Specialist

Capital Women's Care

OB-GYNs located in Arlington, VA & McLean, VA

A clinical breast exam at Capital Women's Care includes a careful examination that checks general breast health while looking for signs of problems like cysts and fibroadenomas. The OB/GYNs are happy to provide mammogram referrals for their Arlington, Virginia area patients. Breast exams are an essential part of not only health and wellness but also peace of mind.

Breast Exam Q&A

When should you schedule a clinical breast exam?

During a well-woman exam at Capital Women's Care, your OB/GYN will typically perform a clinical breast exam either before or after the pelvic exam.

What about mammograms?

The OB/GYNs at Capital Women's Care provide mammogram referrals when they're needed. Women need to have mammograms every year at age 45-54, although you can begin earlier if the doctor recommends it. After age 55, the doctor may recommend changing to mammograms every two years.

What are fibroadenomas?

A fibroadenoma is a non-cancerous type of tumor found in the breast. While they can develop at any age, fibroadenomas most commonly occur in younger women. Fibroadenomas usually reduce in size or disappear during menopause.

Your Capital Women's Care OB/GYN may be able to feel fibroadenomas during a clinical breast exam, or they may first appear during a routine mammogram. To verify that the tumor is a non-cancerous fibroadenoma, your doctor may order a biopsy.

How is a breast cyst different from a tumor?

Your Capital Women's Care OB/GYN can determine whether a growth is a cyst or a tumor using ultrasound imaging. Cysts, unlike tumors, have fluid inside them. Cysts are usually harmless, and in fact, cysts can come and go.

What should you do if you feel a lump in your breast?

If you feel a lump in your breast, don't panic. Many women have lumps that turn out to be harmless fibroadenomas or cysts. It's vital that you contact your OB/GYN at Capital Women's Care as soon as possible, though.

Your doctor can perform a clinical breast exam, refer you for a mammogram, perform ultrasounds, and do everything needed to make a diagnosis. If you're dealing with a cancerous growth in your breast, the Capital Women's Care team is here for you. The earlier the discovery, the more effective that breast cancer treatments can be.

Need to schedule your next breast exam, or worried about a new lump? Use the online appointment maker to arrange a visit with one of Capital Women’s Care compassionate OB/GYNs now.