[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
April 15, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;228(3):277-284. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230280005002

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Late diagnosis remains major problem in war with cancer  There can be no doubt that breast self-examination is an important part of a program aimed at early detection of breast cancer. Despite medicine's best efforts, there has been only a slight reduction in the mortality rate from this disease in the past 35 years, and one often cited reason is that the disease is not detected early enough.Unfortunately, it also is obvious that many physicians do not stress the importance of breast self-examination to their patients. Results of a Gallup poll on women's attitudes toward breast cancer turned up the surprising information that only 35% of all women interviewed had heard a physician even mention the topic of monthly breast self-examination.Moreover, only one of every four women who have heard of breast self-examination has ever practiced it, and three of the four women don't do it regularly.