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Positive findings of mammography may lead to suicide

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:754
  1. J G Weila,
  2. J I Hawkera
  1. a Birmingham Health Authority, Birmingham B16 9SA

    Editor—I S Tobias and Michael Baum postulate that false positive findings of mammography will have psychological consequences.1 We report two cases of suicide in women with positive results of mammography.

    As part of the Health of the Nation strategy for mental illness we examined our local coroner's records for suicide and undetermined deaths for the years 1992-5. Undetermined deaths were included to avoid problems of misclassification. In women aged …

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