Physicans' Group Says Effects of False Positive Mammograms Have Dangerous Impact

May 04, 2007 01:16 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The American College of Physicians has released new guidelines for mammograms as the risk of false positives is too high to mandate that every woman over 40 receive an exam.

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The ACP has announced that it now recommends that women over age 50 receive a mammogram every year rather than all women over the age of 40. The guidelines were changed after the group found that the benefits to women younger than 50 did not outweigh the severe health risks associated with false positives in mammograms.

If a mass is found in a mammogram doctors when require that patients receive a biopsy and or radiation to treat the possible cancer. For women who have been wrongly diagnosed the treatment is harmful.

Approximately one in ten women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. However, there are several things women can do to decrease their likelihood of breast cancer including avoiding red meat and performing regular self-breast exams.



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