“False-Positive Mammograms Increased Women’s Worries”

Worrying about mammogram results may lead to stronger desire for more screenings

(dailyRx News) Many women consider mammograms to be unpleasant but necessary tasks. However, the results of mammograms may cause a significant amount of worry.

A new study found that women who were told they needed more tests after an initial mammogram had significantly more anxiety than those with normal results from their mammogram.

When the suspicious results turned out to be nothing of concern (called a false-positive), most women rested easy and showed no signs of anxiety when questioned a year later. But they didn’t forget that scare, the new study showed. Women who were told that they needed more testing were more likely to return for screenings than women whose mammograms were deemed normal.

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