Wednesday, July 16, 2008

In The News: WTF?

Ladies, give your breasts a rest, research says
Permission to skip self-exams a relief for some, perplexing for others

Seriously?? Perplexing-- HELL YEAH.

Just a little FYI, this 34 year old woman who was as lumpy as they come and who did discover her malignant tumor by her own little self would strongly recommend that you completely ignore this as total and complete poppycock.

According to a review by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international
organization that evaluates medical research, there’s no evidence that
self-exams actually reduce breast cancer deaths. In fact, the often-recommended
monthly chore may even do more harm than good, according to the group’s analysis
of a pair of studies of nearly 400,000 Chinese and Russian women...

...The issue is complicated, acknowledges Dr. David B. Thomas, breast cancer epidemiologist at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

...“The price you pay for doing more thorough breast exams is you’re going to find more benign lesions and that will result in unnecessary surgical procedures,” he says.

...“Women in their 20s and 30s rarely get breast cancer,” he says. “But they do have a lot more benign lumps and bumps. It’s not worth emphasizing breast self-exams for women at this age.”

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