How often should you get a mammogram?

(WVLT) -- Despite long-time suggestions by doctors for women to get mammograms every year, Web MD is reporting that may not be the case.

A new study by Web MD says annual mammograms may have more false positives.

According to their website, experts are saying it's okay to get a mammogram every other year rather than every year. They say this reduces the likelihood of getting a false alarm.

In their recent studies, they found a small and "insignificant" increase that women with breast cancer will have a more advanced case if they did mammograms every two years instead of one.

The main message is not to be so nervous if you get a call back from your biopsy since the false positives are so common. Web MD experts say the false reports can cause high anxiety, and biopsies can cause pain and scarring.


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