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Marta Roman, Rebecca A. Hubbard, Sofie Sebuodegard, Diana L. Miglioretti, Xavier Castells and Solveig Hofvind The cumulative risk of false-positive results in the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Program: Updated results Cancer 119

Version of Record online: 20 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28320

In this analysis based on individual-level data from the national breast cancer screening program in Norway, it is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 women undergoing biennial mammography screening between ages 50 years to 69 years will have at least 1 false-positive screening result during those 20 years, and < 5% will undergo an invasive procedure with a benign outcome. The harm of false-positive recalls must be balanced against the goal of maintaining reasonable detection rates.

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