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Why aren’t breast self-examinations as encouraged as they used to be?

Breast self-examinations are not as encouraged as they used to be because there is a discrepancy among guidelines regarding breast self-examinations. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against women performing regular breast self-exams because research has shown them to cause more harm than good. Finding a lump may lead to mammograms, biopsies and surgery. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the self-check. You should discuss the risks and benefits with your family physician, who can teach you how to perform a breast exam.
Breast self-examinations for are no longer strenuously recommended for a number of reasons, says Cathy Cole, a nurse navigator with Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. In this video, she says that self-examination still does play a role, however.

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