I'm not. And the few times I do the exam each year, I feel guilty that I'm not more diligent.
Now comes news that maybe the breast self-exam isn't as effective as previously thought. A new study, recently released, suggests that there's no evidence that BSEs reduce breast cancer deaths. CancerFacts has more details on this study.
Despite what you may think, the news actually encourages me to do my BSEs with greater regularity. Why? Because when caught early, breast cancer is more easily treated than in its later stages. So even though the study says there's no evidence showing BSEs reduce cancer deaths, the article does indicate that the majority of women detect their own breast masses. That statement is a much-needed kick in the pants reminding me we know our bodies best. And I'm risking my life by not being my own best (breast) advocate.
Having gone through surgery and chemotherapy once, if I can do something to avoid going through it again, I'm stupid not to follow through.