18 Oct '11, 5am

Mammogram results often wrong, US study finds

Mammogram results often wrong, US study finds

More than half of healthy women who have an annual mammogram will get at least one false positive result over a 10-year period, and 7 to 9 per cent will undergo a biopsy that doesn't turn out to show cancer, US researchers said on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: HOW HWEE YOUNG CHICAGO (REUTERS) - More than half of healthy women who have an annual mammogram will get at least one false positive result over a 10-year period, and 7 to 9 per cent will undergo a biopsy that doesn't turn out to show cancer, US researchers said on Monday. Having a mammogram every other year instead of every year would cut the risk of a false positive by about a third, but it could result in catching cancers at a later stage, they reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed advisory panel, issued new guidelines that suggested women should st...

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