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Psychosomatics. 2008 Jan-Feb;49(1):49-55. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.49.1.49.

The role of anxiety in a mammography screening program.

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Dept. of Psychiatry, Atlantic Health, Suite 200, 35 Airport Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960, USA. JBSofair@aol.com

Abstract

Fifty-eight women, at least 35 years old, without breast cancer, were approached to examine the role of anxiety in mammography compliance. Forty-seven women for pre- and 43 for pre- and post-mammography completed the analysis. Mean age was 50; 64% were Hispanic, and 83% had no health insurance. Anxiety scores decreased after mammography. Residual anxiety was associated with having more than four films taken or with "non-negative" results. Eighty-five percent intended to return as recommended. Even though 26% of the group reported post-mammography anxiety, most planned to return. Future studies should explore staff influence on compliance across cultures.

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18212176
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10.1176/appi.psy.49.1.49
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