It’s been common advice from the medical community since the 70s – women should give themselves a breast self-exam each month to check for tumors. However, studies have shown that women who perform regular self-exams have the same mortality rates from breast cancer as those who don’t go through the monthly ritual.
The reasons that self-exams are not as effect as once thought are varied. Some women would forget to do them at all. Some women were too concerned with how to perform a self-exam that they could miss warning signs. And some cancers spread alarmingly quickly, so that by the time a lump is noticed, the cancer has already...Read More