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Breast Screenings

Breast screening exams are very important in finding cancers early. Some women who do not have breast cancer are put through many tests because of a suspicious finding later shown not to be cancer. These are called false positive studies.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that one-third of a group of women who had breast screening exams over a ten year period had at least one false positive finding.

Although these procedures increased the overall cost of screening by one-third, it improved the accuracy of a very important diagnosis.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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