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False-positive mammograms take mental toll, study finds
Los Angeles Times

Long after learning that a troubling reading on a screening mammogram was just a false alarm, women continued suffering negative psychological effects, researchers in Denmark have reported.

Six months after hearing they did not have breast cancer, women with these false positives experienced changes in “existential values” and “inner calmness” as great as for women who had cancer. They reported having more anxiety, feeling more pessimistic and having more problems with their sleep and sex lives — as well as other negative outcomes — than women who had normal mammograms.

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