Currently, self breast exams as well as clinical breast exams are viewed as possibly cost-saving and life-saving practices for women around the world. However, given the analysis of two large scale studies, self-breast exams accomplish neither of these goals. In fact, these breast exams may be causing more harm than no intervention at all because of unnecessary breast biopsies. Therefore, regular self breast examination cannot be recommended. For screening, women should be aware of any changes in their breasts and see a doctor if a change occurs. Starting at age 40, women should get yearly mammograms.