Friday, October 16, 2015

Physicians Look To Ease Anxiety When Giving Mammogram Results

The NPR (10/16, Hobson) “Shots” blog reports that studies have found “about 61 percent of women will have at least one false positive result,” on their mammograms and these “false positives are associated with anxiety.” A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looked into interventions to attempt to reduce the worry and stress caused by false positive mammograms, such as immediately reading the results and providing educational materials. Debra Monticciolo, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology’s Commission on Breast Imaging says that assessing a mammogram is different then other types of X-rays because “every breast looks different. It’s like reading fingerprints. There isn’t just one normal.”

Categories: 2015, October, News, Screening and MammographyNumber of views: 9763


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