A Second Look Can Save Your Life The accuracy of mammogram readings improves dramatically when your film is read by two different doctors

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News reports that doctors are missing breast cancer tumors on mammograms have left many women exasperated. But there’s a way to increase your chances of getting an accurate screening: Ask your mammogram facility to have two radiologists read your film.

A recent study found that breast cancer detection rates increased by almost 10 percent when mammograms were double read. “Double reading leads to earlier-stage detection, which equals better chances of survival,” says lead study author Susan C. Harvey, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in Burlington.

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