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Implications for practice and research
More research is needed to understand the implications of the distress reported by women following false-positive mammograms.
Anxiety after a false-positive mammogram may affect women differently, among some women, exhibiting proactive health behaviours and others exhibiting avoidant behaviours.
Brief interventions should seek to reduce distress and encourage continued cancer prevention activities.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and mammograms are offered to women aged between 47 and 73 years every 3 years to screen for breast cancer. Women with abnormal mammograms are recalled for further assessment. When a woman is recalled but no breast cancer is discovered, …
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