DIY mammograms turn out to be less painful

Women compressed their own breasts a little bit more than radiologists did, say researchers

There are many reasons women dislike mammograms, chief among them the awkward and often painful process of having their breasts squashed by a technician into a machine that flattens them for the images.

But a trial in France suggests that breast cancer screening might be just as effective and less unpleasant when women can control the compression device themselves.