Breast Cancer Screening Event

Onslow Memorial Hospital is hosting a FREE Clinical Breast Exam Screening Event on Saturday, October 21st from 9am-12pm. The event will be held at Onslow Diagnostics, 200 Memorial Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546.

This event is open to women 18 and older. Pre-registration is required, with appointments given on a first come, first serve basis. Please call (910) 577-2581 to make an appointment.

This is a community service provided by Onslow Memorial, the health and wellness leader for the Jacksonville area.

What is a clinical breast exam?

A clinical breast exam (CBE) is a physical exam done by a health care provider as part of your regular medical check-up. Your provider should carefully feel your breasts and underarm for any changes or abnormalities (such as a lump). He/she should visually check your breasts while you are sitting up and physically examine your breasts while you are lying down. It is important to ask for a CBE if one is not offered at your check-up. CBEs are recommended for women 20 and older, at least every three years, if not annually. For women 40 and older, they are recommended in conjunction with an annual mammogram.

Even if you feel healthy now, just being a woman and getting older puts you at risk for breast cancer.  Finding breast cancer early may save your life.

Why are they important?

Clinical Breast exams are an important part of early detection. Although most lumps are discovered through breast self-exams, an experienced professional may notice a suspicious place that fails to register as a warning in the patient’s mind.

Breast Cancer signs and symptoms you should not ignore:

  • Be aware of any change in your breast or underarm area. If you notice any of the following signs, see your health care provider.
  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that does not go away

 

Click below for additional resources on Clinical Breast Exams:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/clinical-breast-exam

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/breast/healthprofessional/…

http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/ClinicalBreastExam.html