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4 Your Health: Women not following up with mammograms

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Tucson- Women who get a false positive on a mammogram, may avoid being screened in the future.

Researchers studied mammography data from more than a quarter million women living in Chicago. Women who got false positive results were more likely to delay their next mammogram than those who got a true negative.

But even more concerning false positive patients were 34 percent more likely to skip their next screening altogether.

Also, new research finds the recurrences of melanoma is more often detected by patients themselves than by routine tests.

About one-third of melanoma patients in the study ended up battling the disease again. 40 percent were discovered during a self skin check and 30 percent were detected during a scheduled exam. Only a quarter of recurrences were found during routine scans

And mixing opioids with alcohol can increase the risk of a dangerous breathing condition.

Scientists monitored a group of young adults and elderly people after they were given 20 milligrams of oxycodone and an IV of ethanol. The combination significantly increased episodes of respiratory depression, which causes shallow or stopped breathing. Elderly patients were especially vulnerable to these risks.

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