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Psychiatric Disorders in Women may Not Affect Cancer Diagnosis

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
It is believed that Psychiatric disorders could be a hindrance to timely medical care among vulnerable populations.
 Psychiatric Disorders in Women may Not Affect Cancer Diagnosis
Psychiatric Disorders in Women may Not Affect Cancer Diagnosis
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Earlier studies had shown that women victims of psychiatric disorders were less likely to receive cancer screening  and may also experience delays in diagnostic resolution following an abnormal mammogram and/or pap test.

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A new investigation looked into whether pre-existing depression may actually make a difference to the time taken to diagnostically resolve an abnormal mammogram and/or Pap test.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found that depression and anxiety in a vulnerable population of urban women was not connected to delays in diagnostic resolution.

 "Although we found delays in diagnostic resolution after abnormal cancer screening, women with a depression diagnosis did not have increased delays compared to those who were not depressed," said lead author Andrea Kronman.



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