Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Self-Exams Fail to Cut Cancer in China Study

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Self-Exams Fail to Cut Cancer in China Study

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A rigorous program to train more than 133,000 Chinese women to routinely examine their breasts for lumps has not reduced the number of breast cancer deaths after five years, a study shows.

Final answers from the study done in China, where few women ever have breast X-rays, are another five years away. But experts say the preliminary findings suggest that public health programs should put even more emphasis on mammography and less on breast self-examination.

The research suggests that even a vigorous program of instruction in breast self-examination is not successful in early detection of breast cancer or in reducing deaths, said Dr. David B. Thomas of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, first author of the study. In comparing 133,000 Chinese women who received intensive training in breast self-examination and a similar number who did not, "we found there was no difference" in either cancer deaths or in cancer detection, Thomas said. …

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