Breast size dissatisfaction 'affects self-examination'

From BBC - January 4, 2018

Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests.

The study, published in the journal Body Image, examined 384 British women.

The research found these women were also less confident about their ability to detect a change in their breasts and slower to see a doctor if they did detect a change.

Inspecting their breasts "may trigger negative emotions, such as shame and embarrassment", the researchers said.

Most of the women surveyed had some degree of dissatisfaction with their breast size:

Most common cancer

A third admitted they rarely or never engaged in breast self-examination.

Some NHS doctors recommend women check their breasts once a month, ideally a week after their periods as they can change during their menstrual cycles.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with more than 55,000 women diagnosed every year.

Of the women surveyed, 55% said they would see their doctor as soon as possible if they detected a change in their breasts.

However, one in 10 admitted they would delay for as long as possible or not see their doctor at all.


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