No Evidence Breast Self-Exams Cut Cancer Deaths
Thus read the headline in yesterday’s Washington Post. Yet another study, this one by the Nordic Cochrane Center (an independent research and information center in Denmark) confirms a 2003 study of breast self-exams and their relation to breast cancer deaths.
Bottom line: Women who religiously do a BSE (breast self exam) every month are no less likely to die of breast cancer than women who don’t. That same organization recently compiled and released results of a number of studies concerning the effectiveness of mammography in reducing breast cancer deaths. Bottom line on that one? “… for every 2000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged. In addition, 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be diagnosed as breast cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily. It is thus not clear whether screening does mor...
My name is Doug Haberstroh, my wife Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. Throughout her breast cancer journey, Keri and I kept family and friends up-to-date on her progress through email. It was Keri's wish to share her story to the world; these emails tell her story from start to finish. Keri wrote the next message after stopping chemotherapy treatment due to a bad reaction to the chemo . She was ready to move onto the next phase of treatment: surgery, but she found a new lump in her breast that needed to be examined first. Subject: Update Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 All, I know some of you have been receiving updates on Keri's progress from her e-mails but she's asleep right now so I have the honors of keeping you all informed. We had another little scare last week when she found a new lump in her right breast (the opposite one that contained the original lump). As luck would have it we had a scheduled visit to ou...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
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