What are the USPSTF guidelines for breast self-exam (BSE)?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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In 2016, the USPSTF released updated recommendations on breast cancer screening, but did not update its 2009 recommendations for breast examination. In its 2016 statement, the USPSTF encouraged patients to be aware of changes in their bodies and discussing these changes with clinicians. [173]

The 2009 breast examination recommendations are as follows [97] :

  • No requirement for clinicians to teach women how to perform BSE (Grade D recommendation)

  • Insufficient current evidence to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE) beyond screening mammography in women 40 years or older

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