Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unpleasant Psychosocial Effects Of False-Positive Mammograms May Last For Months

Aunt Minnie (8/27) reports, “Women who receive false-positive mammograms are five times more likely to experience long-term unpleasant psychosocial consequences than women with negative exams,” according to research published Aug. 26 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Swedish researchers “found that the use of early recall...can result in negative emotional consequences that may persist for up to 12 months after the initial false-positive mammogram.” The study’s “authors acknowledged that the consequences of emotional distress should be balanced against the lifesaving value of breast screening.”

HealthDay (8/27, Preidt) reports that the study, which included “nearly 400 such cases found that 88 percent of the women said they felt a sense of dejection, such as being uneasy, sad or unable to cope; 83 percent reported anxiety; 67 percent said they had behavioral changes, such as trouble dealing with spare time or work; and 53 percent suffered sleeping problems.”


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