What are the ACOG guidelines on breast examination?

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
  • Author: Nagwa Dongola, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Peter Eby, MD  more...
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The ACOG released its current guidelines in 2011.

Breast self-awareness should be encouraged and can include breast self-examination; women should report any changes in their breasts to their health care providers

  • For women aged 20–39 years, clinical breast examinations are recommended every 1–3 years.

  • For women aged 40 years and older, clinical breast examination should be performed annually

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