october 5, 2015 – There was a day and age that women doing self-breast exams was rather common practice. Furthermore, it was encouraged through a series of campaigns. Women were taught to exam their own breast for lumps or really anything that seemed out of the ordinary. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began advising Doctors to stop teaching women how to examine their own breast.
A similar message remains in existence today, particularly with technology such as mammogram machines coming under scrutiny (here). Most healthcare authorities have began encouraging women away from self-exams.
Today, I found this in the Hartford Courant from Dr. Kristen Zarfos, director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
Zarfos said the recommendation that women not do monthly breast self-exams “is illogical and does women a disservice. I have numerous patients who found their own cancers when other methods failed. They saved their own lives.
“Doctors commonly encourage women to check their moles, their bowel pattern, to recognize the signs of heart disease in women, and so on,” Zarfos added. “Why wouldn’t we encourage women to be familiar with their normal breast appearance and texture in order to be able to detect a change?”
Breastcancer.org cites that around 20 percent of breast cancers are found during self-exams.
Government agencies and “medical experts” remain marketing mammograms as the solution, even though it has been shown that they don’t work. What’s really disturbing here is that many women who self-examine likely don’t buy into mammogram marketing. Which in turn is a sound likely reason why common sense has been aborted in the face of propaganda.
As a woman, you are wholly responsible for yourself and your body. The idea that someone should encourage you to not examine yourself for lumps is absurd. You are the first line of defense when it comes to your own health. The Government has no place in that battle. Many women remain finding their own cancer using self-exams.