Study: False Positives Delay Women From Future Mammograms
A new study says women whose mammogram screenings raise a “false alarm” are more likely to delay the next test. Researchers at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge looked at more than 700,000 screenings in the Chicagoland area. The study said that the sometimes-intensive follow up exams -- which are often needed to rule out cancer -- can be emotionally and economically taxing. Women who had false alarm screenings were more likely to wait two years before their next exam -- a year beyond what’s recommended.