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October 2nd, 2002
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BSE apparently doesn't prevent deaths

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From:pookfreak
Date:October 2nd, 2002 06:59 am (UTC)
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It may not but it's better than nothing - my sister found her lump doing a BSE and it was malignant. She had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. She's been in remission for a year and is (by all accounts) still quite alive.

My mother found her lump, had a modified radical mastectomy and chemo after that was in remission for 5 years, had a reoccurrance in her lungs, her brain, her bones, her eye and after another 5 years of fighting it died.

Without doing the BSE she might not have gotten the first or second 5 years, she might have died in the first year or two when it had advanced too far. My sister might not have been as lucky if she hadn't found hers.

I'll grant you it might not save everyones life but the bottom line is that we're all going to die. Being proactive about our health might postpone that date significantly.
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From:queue
Date:October 2nd, 2002 07:04 am (UTC)
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Probably the most important thing to take away from that article is that a self exam is no substitute for regular mammograms, since lumps that you can feel are frequently too advanced already.
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From:pookfreak
Date:October 2nd, 2002 07:11 am (UTC)
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That's quite true - but it's hard to get regular mammograms for no reason. My sister was 26 when she was diagnosed - even with the history that our mother had breast cancer we couldn't get regular mammograms ok'd by the doctors. It wasn't until my sister was diagnosed that I started getting regular mammograms.

It's not that the doctors don't want to do it - but younger tissue is harder to read so even if you do get mammograms regularly it might not be caught that early because of the firmness of the breast tissue and fat in younger breasts.
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