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Long-term effects of false-positive mammograms
Long-term effects of false-positive mammogramsN.T. Brewer, T. Salz and S.E. LillieAnnals of Internal Medicine2007Vol. 146pp. 502-510
This review examined the impact of receiving false-positive mammography results on behaviour, including return for subsequent mammography screening, and well-being in women aged over 40. The authors concluded that there might be differences in whether some women returned for mammography, the occurrence of breast self-examinations, and levels of anxiety compared with women receiving normal results. The authors’ conclusions were based on data that suffered from a number of limitations, which might affect the robustness of the review findings. As such, the conclusions should be interpreted with caution.