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People with a false-positive diagnosis of cancer should be screened in the future

April 23, 2018 16:29

Analysis of the electronic medical record shows that patients who have previously had a false-positive test for screening for breast or prostate cancer, are more likely to receive in the future recommendation on cancer screening. Published online in the early stage in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results show that false positives can be a reminder to screen for cancer. Additional research is needed to explore whether false positives have a negative impact on quality of life or raise concerns about cancer.

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About 100 women 50-60 years of age who receive an annual mammogram, 23 of the 100 people who regularly undergo tests on a chair, and from 10 to 12 iz100 men who undergo regular testing for prostate cancer, will receive false-positive results. They can affect a person's willingness to continue screening for cancer in the future, with the result that the patient ceases or more diligent, or more reluctant to receive screening.

To investigate, Glen Taksler, Ph.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, and colleagues gave 10 years of data of electronic medical records, to analyze the relationship between the preliminary result of false-positive screening for cancer and future participation in conventional cancer research . These records are treated 92,405 persons aged 50 to 75 years.

43% more likely that women with false-positive mammogram bkdut in future be screened for breast cancer, And women were the same, at least 25% more likely will colorectal screenings. Men with false positive screening prostate cancer were at least 22% more likely to get colorectal future screenings. Results were stronger for people with a lot of false positives.

"We do not know why there is such a picture - Dr. Taksler said." False results - this technology constraint, which we use to check for cancer. We hope that over time the technology has improved, so that patients do not have to deal with so many false positives. "



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