Let Life Happen Blog: Medical Jargon Harms Women – A Mammography Callback Doesn’t Mean CancerFebruary 20, 2017

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Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services, takes issue with incorrectly interpreted terminology used by reporters and others – such as referring to a mammogram callback as a “false positive.” Case in point: a study published Feb. 9 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention referred to mammography recalls as false positive mammograms. This led to news reports across the country stating that a false positive was defined as “a doctor telling a woman that cancer is present, but it turns out not to be.” This is more than a simple misspeak on the part of a reporter. It’s a common misunderstanding and is blatantly false.