Invasive breast cancer treatment can be avoided by women who are told how to undertake proper self-examination, says a report.
Catching the disease early is crucial to successful and minimal treatment and encouraging women to take part in a counselling session plus a follow-up will better equip them to identify signs of the disease.
This is the finding of a study carried out by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
Dr Nangel Lindberg, led the study and commented: "This is an excellent opportunity for women to participate in their own health care. Self-exams allow women to become familiar with their breasts, so they can report any changes to their health care provider."
The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute, which announced last month (April 20th) that it would be pushing forward cancer research through additional investment and a genetics programme.