Evid Based Nurs 7:15 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.1.15
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Review: limited evidence on regular breast examination does not support its effectiveness for reducing breast cancer deaths

Regular breast self examination (BSE) v no BSE in women*

Weighted event rates
Outcomes at 10–15 years Number of studies BSE No BSE RRI (95% CI) NNH (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; weighted event rates, RRI, NNH, and CI calculated from data in article.
Breast cancer mortality 2 0.16% 0.15% 5% (−10 to 24) Not significant
Biopsies with benign results 2 1.7% 0.94% 88% (77 to 99) 130 (119 to 142)

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