A 20-year study by Tata Memorial Hospital(TMC) in Mumbai, India, proved that clinical breast examination is a woman-friendly and cost-effective alternative to mammography to check for breast cancer.
Dr.Rajendra Badwe, Director TMC, a co-author of the study published on February 25, 2021, said in a press release, “If implemented as a breast screening method in India, CBE would save 15,000 deaths from breast cancer each year and 40,000 lives globally in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). All this at a fraction of screening cost, thereby reducing stress on the overburdened healthcare systems.”
The Mumbai study is clearly a stimulus for more research to help mitigate the problems of over-detection and overtreatment. Some studies further indicate that about 15-35% of women are non-compliant to mammography due to certain factors like physical discomfort, fear of the procedure, and delay in receiving results.