False-positive mammos result in short-term anxiety

A study published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that false-positive mammography results may result in short-term anxiety for women, but won't affect a woman's overall well-being.

"Our study showed that anxiety from false-positive mammograms was temporary and did not affect a woman's overall well-being," study co-author Anna Tosteson, a distinguished professor at Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, told Healthday.

Researchers analyzed data from a larger study on mammography screening and analyzed responses from women--half of whom had false positives--from interviews performed after the screening, and then a year later. Article

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