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STAT Plus: Mammograms are awkward and uncomfortable — and now could be less painful

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he experience of getting a mammogram is familiar to millions of women: the awkward positioning, the painful sensation of being squeezed, the anxiety over what the test will reveal.

Breast tissue must be compressed during the test to allow for accurate cancer screening. But it is not comfortable, and for many women it’s so painful — physically and emotionally — that they avoid mammograms altogether.

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