NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Carcinoma in Situ
, Version 1.2016
Your medical history includes any health events and
medicines you’ve taken in your life. Your doctor will
want to know about illnesses, breast biopsies, prior
treatment with radiation, and if you are pregnant. It
may help to make a list of old and new medications
while at home to bring to your doctor’s office.
Breast cancer and other health conditions can run in
families. Thus, your doctor will ask about the medical
history of your relatives. About 10 out of 100 breast
cancers are due to abnormal genes that are passed
down from a parent to a child. Such cancers are
called hereditary breast cancers.
Doctors often perform a physical exam along with
taking a medical history. A physical exam is a study of
your body for signs of disease. During this exam, your
doctor will listen to your lungs, heart, and gut.
Your doctor will also look at and feel parts of your
body. This is done to see if organs are of normal
size, are soft or hard, or cause pain when touched.
A clinical breast exam involves your doctor touching
your breasts and nearby lymph nodes. Your breasts
may be felt while you sit or stand up as well as when
you lie back. Some women feel uneasy having their
breasts touched by their doctor. Keep in mind that this
test provides important information and is quick.