BREAST DISEASE

The Role of the Nurse-Midwife

Authors

  • Mary C. Brucker CNM, DNSc,

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    • Mary C. Brucker, CNM, DNSc, is the Director of the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery in Dallas, Texas. She has served as faculty for the ACNM Continuing Education Regional Workshop, Prime Time: Perimenopausal Women.

  • Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan CNM, MN

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    • Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan, CNM, MN, is an assistant professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She served as faculty for the ACNM Continuing Education Regional Workshop, Prime Time: Perimenopausal Women. Currently she is a full-time doctoral student.


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ABSTRACT

Certified nurse-midwives provide primary care for women. An essential part of a physical examination is a complete assessment of the breasts. Normal breasts and their variations and deviations are discussed, with particular attention paid to breast pain, masses, and nipple discharge, and the clinical implications of each. In addition, the demographics, risk factors, staging criteria, and treatment modalities of breast cancer are presented.

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