Ask-the-Expert Online Conference
- Question from Jayne: I get confused about breast self-exams. I have been having pain in my left armpit—I can't feel anything on the outside, but I feel that there is something that I cannot palpate. Is this something I should see my gynecologist or my primary care doctor about?
- Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. It's understandable to be confused about breast self-exam, but what's most important is that you're doing it. Because of the fact that you have found something that doesn't feel exactly correct to you, I would suggest seeing your gynecologist for a good clinical breast exam. You may be feeling tenderness within your breast or armpit area that has a perfectly rational explanation, but using your own sense that something isn't exactly right to guide you to your gynecologist is certainly appropriate.
This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.
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