Premedication With Lidocaine Gel May Decrease Discomfort During Mammography
Researchers at St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute examined the ability of a
About the Study
The lidocaine group reported statistically lower levels of discomfort. The study also found that discomfort decreased the likelihood of future mammograms.
How Does This Affect You?
The study found that addressing this issue was not only important for comfort but also in encouraging future screenings. Removing barriers such as discomfort may allow more women to get screened.
The American Cancer Society recommends women have mammograms every year starting at age 40. Talk to your doctor about screening options and about ways to relieve discomfort from this procedure.
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Lambertz CK, Johnson CJ, Montgomery PG, Maxwell JR. Premedication to reduce discomfort during screening mammography. Radiology . 2008 Sep;248(3):765-72.
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