Inspecting one's breasts for lumps cannot do any harm, NBC's Robert Bazell tried to explain, but an organized public health program to encourage it will not save any lives. "You will admit that this somehow defies common sense?" Bazell's exasperated anchor Brian Williams shot back, referring to anecdotes about women who discovered lumps that turned out to be tumors that were later cured. Bazell trod carefully. The conclusion that regular self-examinations do not save lives was not intended to make women ignore abnormal growths: "It is a question of expending resources, Brian, and then following the science. If you are going to have a campaign, do not have a campaign for something that has been proven not to do any good. Have a campaign to get more women to have mammograms."
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