Thursday, December 3, 2015

False Positive Mammograms May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Later Breast Cancer

On its website, NBC News (12/3, Fox) reports that research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention indicated that “women who had false-positives were more likely to actually develop breast cancer” in the future.


TIME (12/3, Park) reports that investigators “analyzed data from nearly 1.3 million women who had mammograms done in the 1990s and 2000s.” The researchers found that “women who had false positive readings showed a 39% higher risk of developing breast cancer in the next decade compared to women who didn’t.”


The Charlotte (NC) Observer (12/3, Stancill) reports that the data also indicated that “for women who were told to get biopsies after false-positive readings, the increased risk was 76 percent during the subsequent 10-year period.” Also covering the story are Reuters (12/3, Rapaport), HealthDay (12/3, Doheny), the NPR (12/3, Neighmond, Neel) “Shots” blog, CNN (12/3, Storrs), and MedPage Today (12/3, Bankhead). 


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