Cancer Screening More Likely After a Previous False Positive
One study assessed whether 92,405 individuals aged 50 to 75 years (2006 to 2015) were up-to-date with their breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer screening. Differences in current status were assessed by whether patients had a previous false-positive test result.
The researchers found that women were more likely to be up-to-date with breast cancer screening if they previously had false-positive mammography results both without breast biopsy and with a breast biopsy. These same women were also more likely to be current for colorectal cancer screening. Similarly, men who previously had false-positive prostate cancer test results were more likely to be current with colorectal cancer screening.
Prior experience with cancer screenings may influence a patient's willingness to continue future screening.