Breast self examination does not improve cancer survival

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 12 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:793
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Teaching women breast self examination is not cost effective, nor does it lead to improvements in survival from breast cancer, according to a large, 10 year, randomised observational study conducted in Shanghai, China (J Natl Cancer Inst 2002;94:1445-57).

    Breast self examinations did, however, lead to earlier detection of breast lesions and increased the number of biopsies for benign breast lumps.

    David Thomas and Roberta Ray and colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, in conjunction with Dao Li Goa and colleagues from the Shanghai Textile Industry Bureau in Shanghai, China, conducted a study to examine the …

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