Checking for breast cancer – nude female breasts in video

It is important for young women to learn about their breasts. This video shows a group of British soccer players learning how to give themselves a breast exam. E-mail it to all the young women in your life!

Several weeks ago I posted a video of a group of young men learning how to do a self-exam for testicular cancer. I mentioned that my teenage brother was having surgery to remove a testicle. I am please to say he does not have cancer, the lump was only an inflammation.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.


  1. I really appreciate your concern for health. This issue, however, has always been challenging for me. I’ve just never actually trusted the cancer industry / the Western methodologies around breast self-exams, mammograms, and the whole pink ribbon thang.

    I have not done regular breast self-exams, and went over a decade without a mammogram. (I did just get one in this past year because I have a large lump in the breast area, but it isn’t cancer.)

    I have finally found a doctor who supports my intuition, and I quote this article here (from Nexus: Colorado’s Holistic Journal, September / October 2007 issue, pg 12, “The Zen of Science: Testing! Testing!” by Marc Ringel, MD):

    “… for the routine breast self-exam. Once again, it would seem that finding a lump within a month of its being detectable by feel ought to improve the chances of cure. I spent the first three decades of my medical career reminding women to examine themselves when each period came (or, if they didn’t menstruate regularly, with the arrival of each phone bill). But outcome studies of this ever-so-logical procedure have proved me wrong. Women who do self-breast exams find more lumps, have more biopsies and more fears, but don’t live any longer than women who don’t examine themselves monthly.”

    I want to track down this research, and I will follow-up with this writer and let you know of the research details. But, intuitively, I think here are a few reasons reasons for this outcome:
    * some cancers will go away, resolves themselves, without any intervention.
    * people die from the medical/hospital system, through “iatrogenic disease” (doctor-induced disease), meaning through infections caught at the hospital, from the anesthesia used for surgeries, etc.

    This opinion is NOT politically correct these days, I know. The pink ribbons and the breast cancer lobby have done a good job at stemming the discussion. I would like to see more of it.

    But again, I really appreciate your blog, and your concern for health. What you are doing is very, very important. Thank you!

  2. How interesting! Thank you for sharing your perspective. I would love to hear more as you research the topic more fully.

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