False-Positive Mammograms Linked To Increased, But Temporary, Anxiety

The Los Angeles Times (4/22, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that in a studypublished in JAMA Internal Medicine, investigators “examined data from a large clinical trial of digital mammography and concluded that false-positives produced a ‘significant increase in anxiety,’ though it was only temporary.”

Reuters (4/22, Seaman) reports that the researchers compared 534 women whose mammograms first suggested that they may have breast cancer to nearly 500 women whose mammograms showed no signs of breast cancer from the beginning.

Related Links:

— “Anxiety from a false-positive mammogram is real but temporary, study says,” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2014.

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