vrijdag 22 maart 2013

Verwarring over het doen van borstonderzoek (Engels)

Major Confusion on How to Do Breast Checks
Is there a right way to check your breasts for early signs of cancer? Many women remain confused as experts now say there is no evidence that rigorous monthly “self-examination” — widely recommended in the United States — reduces breast cancer deaths. Plus, it can lead to unnecessary biopsies.
Two large studies looking at a total of more than 388,000 women found that death rates from breast cancer were the same among women who rigorously self-examined as those who did not, while there were almost twice the number of biopsy operations in the self-examination group.
According to some experts, the best way for a woman to check her breasts is not to follow a strict examination routine, but to get to know what is normal, and feel them regularly for signs of any changes.


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Breast self-exams have long been recommended as a simple way for women to keep track of anything unusual in their breasts. Now, after studies have found that such exams do not reduce breast cancer death rates, and actually increase the rate of unnecessary biopsies, many experts are recommending a more relaĆ­ approach known as "breast awareness".
Breast awareness is really self-explanatory. It means women should regularly check their breasts for changes, but can do so in a way that feels natural for them. In other words, you don't have to do it on the same day each month, or using any particular pattern.
Simply be aware of what's normal for you so you can recognize anything out of the ordinary. What should you keep an eye out for?

§ A new lump or hard knot found in your breast or armpit
§ Dimpling, puckering or indention in your breast or nipple
§ Change in the size, shape or symmetry of your breast
§ Swelling or thickening of the breast
§ Redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast skin
§ Nipple discharge, especially any that is bloody, clear and sticky, dark or occurs without squeezing your nipple
§ Changes in your nipple such as tenderness, pain, turning or drawing inward, or pointing in a new direction

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