Breast self-exams come with touch of uncertainty
Every health magazine on the supermarket checkout aisle touts it. Women's health activists have long championed its practice.
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#1 Sep 12, 2008
I think this new idea that women should not do breast exams smacks of the "God in the white coat" MD mentality some have been trying to move away from.
"Don't touch your little body, sweetheart. Let the doctors figure out whether you have a lump in your breast or not. We have these wonderful tests."
Well, they DON'T have wonderful tests yet. While talking out of the OTHER side of their mouths, they bemoan the "unnecessary" breast biopsies. Apparently "unnecessary" is the new buzz word for "Congratulations -- it isn't cancer!"
Mammograms -- even digital mammograms -- miss tumors. Even MRI's miss tumors. We have NO perfect way to find a breast cancer tumor, and by God, if I find a lump I'm taking it to a doctor. The article talked about a 32 year old woman who found a tumor the technology missed.
It happens all the time. We should do those breast exams, and statisticians should stop IMAGINING that that's all we'll do. Maybe if that's all women will do, they should think up a better way than smashing our tender parts between two plates. If they had done that to men to look for testicular and prostate cancer they would have found a better way a long, long time ago.
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