Should I be worried if I was informed of abnormal findings?

Created: 20.06.2016
Updated: 22.03.2018

The goal, where possible, is not to overlook any malignant changes in the breast tissue in the mammogram. That's why we follow up on any reasonable suspicion. Being asked to return to a follow-up examination does not necessarily mean you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For the majority of women asked to return to a follow-up examination the suspected breast cancer is not confirmed.

Out of 1,000 women examined through the mammography screening, 30 women will be asked to return for a follow-up examination. In 24 of these the abnormality will be benign ("false-positive finding"). In 6 women the suspicion of breast cancer will be confirmed.


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