Women who are told that their suspicious mammogram proved to be a false alarm are more prone to delay their next scheduled mammogram, or possibly not show up for their next screening in the slightest.

The finding, in study -area girls in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, emphasizes an accidental effect of such false alarms, known

For girls whose evaluations had come out negative, women who had an unfounded scare tended to delay their next test by an additional 13 months when compared with a three- to six-month delay in instances where a mammogram was advocated every year.

If breast cancer is later diagnosed that, consequently, can influence a woman's chances of survival.

Among girls who had not experienced a false alarm, their likelihood of being identified as having an advanced tumor were 0.3 percent. The odds for a woman who had experienced a false alarm were marginally but significantly higher at 0.4 percent.

The researchers couldn't determine whether they gave up on the breast cancer screening or simply had it done elsewhere, although some women never showed up at all.

"Itis a delicate balance," main writer Firas Dabbous of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, told Reuters Health. "We want to detect tumors when they're present but we do not desire to overburden girls with a lot of false positives and a workup that's not wanted."

Over how often women should get mammograms disagreements regularly focus on whether false positives – that may cause women to experience anxiety as well as extra testing that is distressing and expensive, including biopsies – represent a harm that outweighs the benefits of screening.

"If these findings may be validated in other studies, then it suggests that extra attention should be focused on insuring that women with false positive findings are reminded to come back to annual or biennial screening with adequate notice and multiple reminders."

Being told that the breast X-ray has uncovered something shady is definitely stressful, even though most girls can also be told that, in the great majority of instances, there isn't any issue.

Girls who've a mammogram have a chance in 10 of finding a false positive. In reality, a girl who posseses an annual mammogram has a 50-50 chance of having one false positive every decade.

Preceding studies that have tried to assess false positives affect the readiness to have a future mammogram have generated mixed results.

"Most U.S. studies have shown either greater adherence to screening recommendations after a false positive, or no difference, whereas studies done in Europe have demonstrated screening rates somewhat lower than women who have accurate negative effects," Smith said.

741,150 screening mammograms done at a large healthcare organization. was looked at by the Dabbous team.

In 12.3 percent of the cases, there was something funny but it turned out to be a false alarm.

During the three years after that initial mammogram, 77.9 percent of the women with a false positive result had a subsequent mammogram compared to 85.0 percent of the girls who had not experienced a false alarm.

Biopsies appeared to play a substantial role in whether a woman came back for another mammogram. Compared to patients who'd received a false positive and just received additional imaging, girls who also got a biopsy were 19 percent not as likely to keep coming back to get a routine mammogram.

It’s not understood if the false positive encounter prompted some women to give up on mammograms, said Dabbous, who's manager of patient centered outcomes research at Promoter's Russell Institute for Research and Innovation. You may find more information on the subject at health forums.

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