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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The effect of mammography pain on repeat participation in breast cancer screening: A systematic review
Author(s): Whelehan, Patsy
Evans, Andy
Wells, Mary
MacGillivray, Steve
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Keywords: Mammography
Breast cancer
Issue Date: Aug-2013
Date Deposited: 15-Jan-2014
Citation: Whelehan P, Evans A, Wells M & MacGillivray S (2013) The effect of mammography pain on repeat participation in breast cancer screening: A systematic review. The Breast, 22 (4), pp. 389-394.
Abstract: Uptake is crucial to reducing breast cancer mortality through screening. This review synthesised all available evidence on mammography pain as a deterrent to subsequent breast screening. Ten databases were searched. Studies containing empirical data relating mammography pain to breast screening re-attendance were included (n = 20). In the most robust studies asking women why they had not re-attended, 25%-46% cited pain, equivalent to approximately 47,000-87,000 women per year in England. The most robust evidence for an association between pain experienced at a previous mammogram and subsequent rates of re-attendance suggests that women who previously experienced pain are more likely than those who did not to fail to re-attend: RR 1.34 (95% CI: 0.94-1.91). The complexity of the pain phenomenon and of screening behaviours must be recognised. However, there is sufficient evidence to conclude that painful mammography contributes to non-re-attendance. Given the importance of cumulative participation, effective pain-reducing interventions in mammography are needed.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.breast.2013.03.003
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