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False-positives lead to more mammograms

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UNDATED (NBC) - A new study reveals women with a false positive mammogram have increased anxiety but are more likely to get future screenings than women with normal results.

Researchers followed over 1,000 patients who underwent a screening mammogram.

They found 50 percent of women who had a false positive result said they had moderate or high anxiety and nearly 5 percent described their anxiety as extreme.

But that stress did not alter their plans to be screened within the next two years.

Twenty-five percent said they were likely to undergo future mammograms compared to only 14 percent of women with a negative mammogram.

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