Dutch cancer organisation questions self-checks

21st July 2008, Comments 0 comments

The KWF says self-checks for breast cancer result in more women visiting the doctor and undergoing unnecessary surgery.

21 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The KWF, a Dutch organisation dedicated to fighting cancer, is no longer encouraging women to conduct self-checks for breast cancer.

The KWF's move follows a newspaper article on the subject and is based on a number of scientific research projects.

The research shows that self-checking not only fails to lead to fewer deaths, but can also have negative effects.

When women check their breasts themselves, they visit the doctor more often and undergo more surgery, which often turns out to have been unnecessary. The KWF is no longer giving out folders about self-checking, but says it neither advises for or against the procedure.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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