I know, I'm late. I didn't remind you in August, and I'm late this month. Sorry, but I think I'm going to move away from the monthly reminders. You need to get into the habit of checking yourself, and I don't want to just automate a standard reminder. Plus there is a lot of debate in the medical community about the value of monthly self-examination and regular mammograms. The argument goes that too many women are being subjected to tests like mammograms and biopsies for benign breast lumps, plus some tumours are not detectable through touch or even mammogram. Did you know that mammograms have limited usefulness on dense breasts? And most young women have dense breasts, some not so young women too.
There are different views. Is the invasive nature of a biopsy too high a price to pay for a negative test result? Is it a waste of your worry and your doctor's time to investigate a lump that is just a cyst and not a tumour? Or would you rather take every measure possible to identify a cancerous tumour as early as possible? The scientists seem to be leaning on the side of less testing. But it's not their breasts. What do you think?