Spending more on breast cancer screenings doesn't equate to better outcomes

12:23 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Pricey isn't always better when it comes to detecting breast cancer. 

A new study from Yale University finds Medicare spending on screenings like mammograms tops one billion dollars each year. The ladies living in the areas with the highest spending on screenings were most likely to be diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. 

Some argue the seniors living in the cities spending the most on screenings were being over-diagnosed, and spending more on testing didn't necessarily lead to better outcomes. 

The study also found just because cancer was spotted early didn't mean it cost less to treat, leading doctors to say digital mammography needs additional evaluation.

To read the article in JAMA, click here.

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