Breast Exam Advice El Campo TX
Hematology / Oncology
Sammons Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology
Fort Worth, TX
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1971
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1988
South Texas Medical Clinics
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1979
Fort Worth, TX
Breast Exam Advice
Breast Exam Dilemma
Q Are breast self-exams useful or not? I keep hearing conflicting advice.
A While regular breast self-exams (BSEs) have long been considered a crucial way to detect breast cancers, they haven’t gotten very good marks when scrutinized by researchers. Last year, in the wake of studies showing that women who did BSEs every month were no less likely to die from breast cancer than women who didn’t, the American Cancer Society changed its position: It now considers self-exams an optional, rather than necessary, element of early detection. (Breast exams by a doctor every three years beginning at age 20 and regular mammograms starting at 40 are still advised.) Many alternative practitioners recommend thermography, too.
That doesn’t mean you should leave all the responsibility for checking your breasts to your doctor. Most experts still counsel women to make a regular effort to monitor their breasts themselves, says Mairi Breen Rothman, a certified nurse-midwife in Washington, D.C. If you feel comfortable doing BSEs, by all means continue. Otherwise, get familiar with the way your breasts feel at different times of the month. If you notice anything unusual, tell your health care provider right away.
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