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Radiol Clin North Am. 2004 Sep;42(5):807-19, v.

Adverse effects of screening mammography.

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Department of Radiology, The Mount Sinai Hospital, 1 Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA.


The main risks and other adverse consequences from screening mammography include discomfort from breast compression, patient recall for additional imaging, and false positive biopsies. Although these risks affect a larger number of women than those who benefit from screening, the risks are less consequential than the life-sparing benefits from early detection. Radiation risk, even for multiple screenings, is negligible at current mammography doses. Anxiety before screening or resulting from supplementary imaging work-up, short-term follow-up, cyst aspiration, and biopsy has not dampened the enthusiasm of most women for the value of early detection.

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