Breast Self Exam

Ultima Vez Modificado:: 4 de enero de 2010

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Why do the guidelines now say don�t do breast self-exam? My sister had breast cancer and found it by doing self-exam and best of all it doesn�t cost a thing! Self exams can save women�s lives- right? "Stress" is a reason not to?

Answer:

Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink's Nurse Educator, responds:

Unfortunately, the self-exam issue has been misrepresented in the media. The USPTF guidelines do not say to not perform breast self-exam, they actually say that practitioners should not teach BSE (breast self exam). � The reason they say this is that studies found that women who were taught BSE were no better at finding abnormalities than those who weren�t taught. In addition, a several studies found no benefit in survival for the group receiving instruction versus the un-taught group. Studies have also found that women who were taught BSE had more false positives (required a biopsy that did not find any cancer).

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series, Women�s Health in the News. View the entire transcript here.


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