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High rate of false-positives with annual mammogram
Date:10/17/2011

a false-positive biopsy recommendation.

"We conducted this study to help women know what to expect when they get regular screening mammograms over the course of many years,'' said study leader Rebecca Hubbard, PhD, an assistant investigator at Group Health Research Institute. "We hope that if women know what to expect with screening, they'll feel less anxiety if or when they are called back for more testing. In the vast majority of cases, this does not mean they have cancer.''

The researchers say that screening every other year would likely lessen the probability of false-positive results "but could also delay cancer diagnosis.'' However, for those diagnosed with cancer, the authors found women screened every two years were not significantly more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer compared to those screened at one-year intervals.

The study stresses the importance of radiologists being able to review a patient's previous mammograms because it "may halve the odds of a false-positive recall.''


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