Other types of breast examinations and screenings
While a breast self-exam is a great way to get to know the look and feel of your breasts better, it isn’t considered a screening. When you have a yearly checkup, your healthcare provider can also perform a clinical breast exam to look for any breast health changes.
However, routine mammograms are the best tool to check breast health for those with an average risk of breast cancer. A mammogram can detect breast changes or signs of conditions before you feel them through a breast exam. As a result, this important screening helps catch breast cancer sooner, when it’s often more treatable.
If you have a high risk of breast cancer, talk to your doctor about other screening options. Some people need a breast ultrasound or MRI along with their annual mammogram.