Breast Health

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All About Women OB/GYN

OB/GYNs & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Panama City, FL

In a given year, over 268,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer occur in women in the United States. To help promote breast health and prevent serious issues, the highly skilled physicians at All About Women OB/GYN in Panama City, Florida, perform preventive screenings and educate you about how to check your breasts at home. Find out more by booking a breast health exam online or by calling the clinic directly to schedule an appointment.

Breast Health Q & A

Why is breast health important? 

In the United States, breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death, second to lung cancer. Even though, since 2000, there’s been a steady decline of new cases of breast cancer, breast cancer is still a major health concern. Breast health is important because it helps you:

  • Learn what’s normal about your breasts
  • Get the screenings you need, based on your age and health
  • Learn lifestyle changes, like losing weight, to lower your risk of breast cancer

It’s never too early or too late to start focusing on breast health. Your OB/GYN is your go-to practitioner to ensure your breasts are healthy. 

When should I have a breast health exam?

At All About Women OB/GYN, your dedicated physician performs a comprehensive breast exam during your annual well-woman appointment. But there are times outside of these routine visits when you may need to have a breast health exam. You should schedule a breast health exam soon if:

  • Your breasts become overly sore while breastfeeding, a sign of mastitis
  • The skin around your nipples becomes dry, cracked, or thickened
  • Your nipples leak blood or drainage (other than breast milk)
  • You feel a hard lump that wasn’t there before

Your risk of breast cancer increases with age, even if it doesn’t run in your family. It’s important to get started on mammograms every one to two years, often starting in your early 40s. 

What happens during a breast health exam?

Your doctor at All About Women OB/GYN may pair your breast health exam with a routine pelvic exam or Pap smear. After sitting and talking with you about your personal and family medical history, they have you lie back on the exam table.

Using circular or up and down motions, your OB/GYN manually feels your breasts, underarms, and surrounding areas. They can teach you how to perform these types of self-breast exams at home, which you should perform monthly.

Depending on the outcome of your breast exam and your health history, your OB/GYN could send you for a mammogram, too. If there are any masses or lumps you’re concerned about, let your doctor know, so they can ensure your mammography screening focuses on these areas. 

Book your breast health evaluation at All About Women OB/GYN directly through the website. You can also call to speak with a team member.