Most Breast Cancers Found by Hand, MammaCare Researchers Say

Most Breast Cancers Found by Hand, MammaCare Researchers Say
Decades after establishing the recognized standard for performing and teaching clinical and personal breast exams, the MammaCare Foundation wants women and others to be aware that most breast cancers are found by hand. MammaCare's goal is to train people what to feel for to identify suspicious breast tumors at the earliest stage while also reducing false alarms. “A palpable lump, detected by hand, is the most common symptom of breast cancer,” Mark Kane Goldstein, PhD, the foundation’s senior scientist, said in a press release. “Although mammograms — X-rays of the breast — can be useful, their images are masked by breast density in nearly 50 percent of U.S. women. Physical examination, however, is unaffected by density.” Goldstein cited recent research that identifies how breast cancer is detected, including a 2017 Harvard University-led study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology that shows the benefits of mammography as an adj
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