False Positives on Mammograms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/23/04

False Positives on Mammograms

The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram every year for women by age 40, but how often does that test come back positive when there really is no cancer?

The results are out from a 20 year study in Norway that followed 83,000 women who had regular mammograms. Turns out one in five had a false positive, and 6% of the women underwent surgery as a result of a false positive.

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