Not too long ago, recommendations for the age at which women began getting mammograms changed. The thought was that mammograms starting at age 40 were perhaps causing more harm than good with unnecessary biopsies, anxiety and costs.
My gut reaction was to think that was ridiculous, but I could see their point.
But the next part flabbergasted me. It was suggested that women also not spend too much time examining their own breasts, and instead allow the professionals to do it.
Now really... I know a few of us might be quick to assume that every abnormality is serious and scary, but being familliar with our own breasts, and checking them regularly, just seems to make sense. We need to be proactive about our own health, people, because the doctor is not going to call each month just to 'check in'.
Thoughts on this?
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