Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 29th, 1999
Not that monthly breast self-examination isn't an effective way of detecting early symptoms of breast cancer for women with a family history of the disease. More than 90 percent of breast cancers are found by women themselves, some studies show.
But examining one's breasts every week or every day does not improve detection of symptoms; it may in fact reduce the efficacy of the procedure, according to a report in the March 1999 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.
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