I can only be thankful that my patients were comfortable enough with me to share their concerns in the end. As physicians, we want to continue to urge our patients to be fully involved partners in their care. We must never minimize or trivialize a woman's concerns about her breasts.
It is simply absurd and outrageous to suggest women should not examine their breasts because it will do more harm than good. After reading this report, some may conclude it is better that women remain in the dark about their bodies and rely on only technology and clinicians to take care of them. Ridiculous! I also fear women will now report fewer breast complaints to their doctors, fearing they will be a squeaky wheel or appear to be "crying wolf." Some women may fear unnecessary biopsy and simply rely on their physician to find their problems.
How did you react to the news about breast exams? Are you afraid to examine your breasts? Have you found your own breast cancer before your physician? Did a mammogram miss your breast cancer? What do you think women should be advised about self-breast exams?
As always, I welcome your questions and comments.