Study says gel lessens mammogram pain

Hamburg - The pain that many women experience when having a mammogram can be reduced by a locally applied anaesthetic gel, a study has shown.

Women who apply gel with the effective ingredient Lidocain on their breasts one hour before the mammogram experience significantly less pain, according to a German magazine for doctors published in Neu-Isenburg. By contrast, pain medication administered orally to women prior to their mammograms had no noticeable effect. The magazine reported on a study published in a journal for radiologists.

Compared with the women in the study who had received a placebo, women who received the Lidocain gel spoke of having noticeably less pain compared with previous mammograms. In addition almost 75 per cent of the women in the Lidocain group said they would want to have another mammogram.

More than 400 women between the ages of 32 and 89 were questioned in the survey. Fifty-four per cent of them said they had skipped a previous mammogram because of the discomfort they had while their breasts were X-rayed. (dpa)