Publication Abstract

Authors: Gibson CJ, Weiss J, Goodrich M, Onega T

Title: False-positive mammography and depressed mood in a screening population: findings from the New Hampshire Mammography Network.

Journal: J Public Health (Oxf) 31(4):554-60

Date: 2009 Dec

Abstract: BACKGROUND: False positives occur in approximately 11% of screening mammographies in the USA and may be associated with psychologic sequelae. METHODS: We sought to examine the association of false-positive mammography with depressed mood among women in a screening population. Using data from a state-based mammography registry, women who completed a standardized questionnaire between 7 May 2001 and 2 June 2003, a follow-up questionnaire between 19 June 2003 and 8 October 2004 and who received at least one screening mammogram during this interval were identified. False positives were examined in relation to depressed mood. RESULTS: Eligibility criteria were met by 13 491 women with a median age of 63.9 (SD = 9.6). In the study population, 2107 (15.62%) experienced at least one false positive mammogram and 450 (3.34%) met criteria for depressed mood. Depressed mood was not significantly associated with false positives in the overall population [OR = 0.96; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.72-1.28], but this association was seen among Non-White women (OR = 3.23; 95% CI = 1.32-7.91). CONCLUSION: Depressed mood may differentially affect some populations as a harm associated with screening mammography.