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Are clinical breast exams effective screening tools in women under 40 with no first degree family history?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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In brief: Not very good.

No, they aren't that good.
Exams have a low pick up rate compared to radiological AND the clinical ones are generally done very infrequently AND the overall risk is so very low.... so.. 40-45, CBE has some advantages over radiological and the two together are best. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9709288 under 40... ONE or a FEW CBE to learn self-exam techniques, otherwise not so much

In brief: Not very good.

No, they aren't that good.
Exams have a low pick up rate compared to radiological AND the clinical ones are generally done very infrequently AND the overall risk is so very low.... so.. 40-45, CBE has some advantages over radiological and the two together are best. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9709288 under 40... ONE or a FEW CBE to learn self-exam techniques, otherwise not so much
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