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Summer 2003 Issue
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RETESTING OF MAMMOGRAMS UNNECESSARY FOR SOME

Of the nearly 30 million American women who undergo screening mammograms every year, up to 11 percent receive "probably benign" test results — and therefore are asked to come back for a follow-up mammogram in three to six months. But according to a new study by UC Davis researchers, such frequent re-testing may be unnecessary.

The study, appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that among women who had probably benign mammo- grams, only 1 percent went on to develop breast cancer within two years.

"This result suggests that the current recommendation — repeat mammography within six months — should be reconsidered," said Shagufta Yasmeen, UC Davis assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and lead author of the study. "Going in for a repeat mammogram involves significant psychological trauma, expense and inconve- nience, and can lead to unneces- sary biopsies and other tests. Our study suggests this recommenda- tion may be given too often, and may not be necessary in some cases. One-year follow-up may be more appropriate for most of these women."

 

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