Mammograms for detecting breast cancer can be painful if
not handled correctly. Most women are frightened of undergoing mammography
because of this factor.
A new study though finds tat pain during mammograms can
be overcome by using lidocaine gel.
The researchers from St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor
Institute in Boise, Idaho tested oral acetaminophen, oral ibuprofen, 4%
lidocaine gel, combinations of gel and oral medications or nothing on women
They found that gel was the best pain reliever, while the
medicines conferred no obvious benefits. The details of the study are released
online from the journal Radiology.