Lidocaine Gel Eases Pain For Women During Mammograms

July 23, 2008

A new study by the St. Luke's Mountain State Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho has revealed that lidocaine gel may help ease the pain women experience during mamograms....Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study by the St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho has revealed that lidocaine gel may help ease the pain women experience during mammograms.

Lidocaine gel is a topic anesthetic wich can be purchased over-the-counter and is available to everyone.

The study was carried out on a total of 418 women, with all of them being given painkillers such as Tylenol.

On top of they, they were also given a gel which was either lidocaine, or a placebo.

Researchers found that the painkillers were no help, but the lidocaine gel helped reduce pain women had during the mammograms.

Mammograms are usually painful for women, as it requires their breasts to be squeezed. They are used to detect any abnormalities which could be linked to breast cancer.

The study was published in the July 22 online issue of Radiology.


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