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Breast self examination increases women's concerns but has no effect on mortality

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Hamburg, Germany: Breast self-examination (BSE) should not be seen as a cheaper alternative to mammography, and people who still advocate it as an effective way of reducing breast cancer mortality are doing women a disservice, a scientist will say at the 4th European Breast Cancer Conference next week (Tuesday 16 March). Professor Lars Holmberg, from the Regional Oncologic Centre, Uppsala, Sweden, will explain why BSE should not be promoted as something that can decrease mortality from breast cancer.

Professor Holmberg will comment on a study to be presented at the conference by Professor Vladimir Semiglazov, who conducted and analysed a randomised controlled trial of BSE in nearly 100,000 Russian women between 1985 and 2003. The women had been taught how to examine their breasts correctly, but even so there was no reduction in deaths from breast cancer in the BSE group. And not only did self-examination not affect mortality, it also meant that more women in the BSE group consulted doctors for benign breast lesions than those in the control group.

"Breast self-examination has been widely advocated in the belief that it is beneficial", says Professor Holmberg. "In fact we now know that it can be positively harmful. The women in the BSE group consulted more frequently for relatively harmless conditions, thus having more surgical biopsies, not to mention increased anxiety. While women should be aware of changes in their breasts, just as they should take note of any other unusual signs elsewhere in the body, it is worrying that BSE is still being touted as an alternative to mammographic screening."

"Many people are guilty of continuing to promote this practice", he says, "and I can only assume that it is through
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Contact: Margaret Willson
m.willson@mwcommunications.org.uk
44-0-1536-772181
Federation of European Cancer Societies
10-Mar-2004


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