Self-exam and doctor's-exam find similar breast tumors

December 25, 2014 4:01 PM

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(Reuters) - Women’s self-exams and physical exams by a doctor both detect breast cancer tumors at about the same size, but older women are more likely to have a tumor discovered via doctor’s examination, according to a new Swiss study.

The authors, led by Fabienne Dominique Schwab of University Hospital Basel, conclude that breast exams by doctors should be an integral part of general medical care for older women.

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