Breast self-exam (BSE) is a step-by-step approach that a woman can use to look at and feel her breasts. BSE seemed promising when it was first introduced, however, studies have shown it does not offer the early detection and survival benefits of other screening tests. So, BSE is not recommended as a screening tool for breast cancer .
A meta-analysis combined the results of the two largest randomized controlled trials on breast self-exam. It found no difference in breast cancer survival rates between women who did routine breast self-exams and those who did not . And, women who did breast self-exams had more false positive results, leading to nearly twice as many biopsies with benign (not cancer) results as women who did not do breast self-exams .
Clinical Breast Exam
Breast Cancer Screening Recommendationsfor Women at Average Risk