Science advances breast exams

It was once commonly believed that breast examination skill could be acquired by reading pamphlets or watching videos. But breast examination is a tactile skill. To be effective, our fingers must learn what to feel for. Learning to perform breast examination well requires training the sense of touch.

The MammaCare Method of Breast Examination is effective because the tactually accurate breast models teach fingers what to feel for.

Just how effective is MammaCare? The chart below shows comparative sizes of lumps found by various procedures or practices with journal citations. These findings are derived directly from relevant published medical studies and clinical data that are referenced in brief below and on the reverse side of the MammaCare Lump Displays. For expanded medical citations please visit Research.

Tumor Size Discovered by Breast Examination Method


Visual
Size Detection Method
lump1  3.6 cm  The average size lump found by accident by women untrained in breast self-examination (BSE) is about the size of a ping pong ball [1].
lump2 2.5 cm The average size lump found by women occasionally practicing conventional BSE [2].
lump3 2.0 cm The average size lump found by women regularly practicing conventional BSE [3].
lump4 1.0 cm The suggested standard for clinical breast examination (CBE) [4].
lump5 0.5 cm The size routinely found by clinicians or women practicing MammaCare [5].
lump6small 0.3 cm The probable lower limit of lump size detectable by clinicians or women practicing MammaCare expertly [5].

In order to achieve these levels of sensitivity, our fingers must learn the feel of normal nodular breast texture and any changes such as lumps or tissue thickening that might require attention. MammaCare accomplishes this with the aid of a model that is so lifelike, it has been used to calibrate mammography machines.

After learning and practicing tactile skills on MammaCare breast models, women and clinicians are able to perform a thorough and proficient breast examination. Certification cannot assure detection of cancer.