The practice of breast self-examination among older women.

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Mammography, professional breast examination (PBE), and breast self-examination (BSE) are viewed as very important screening techniques for the early detection of breast cancer. Mammography and PBE are performed on a routine basis at healthcare facilities, while BSE can be performed in the privacy of the home. The self-care practice of monthly BSE is important for women of all ages. Older women often feel unsure about their ability to perform BSE properly, and many know very little about this self-care practice. The purpose of this research study was to explore the validity of teaching older women the practice of BSE using the method of return demonstration. The inclusion of actual practice opportunities with models into teaching sessions resulted in the older women feeling more confident about their ability to perform BSE.

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