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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Carcinoma in Situ

(stage 0)

, Version 1.2016

Health tests

Medical history

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.

Physical exam

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.



Health tests