National expenditure for false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses estimated at $4 billion a year.

@article{Ong2015NationalEF,
  title={National expenditure for false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses estimated at \$4 billion a year.},
  author={Mei-Sing Ong and Kenneth D. Mandl},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2015},
  volume={34 4},
  pages={576-83}
}
Populationwide mammography screening has been associated with a substantial rise in false-positive mammography findings and breast cancer overdiagnosis. However, there is a lack of current data on the associated costs in the United States. We present costs due to false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses among women ages 40-59, based on expenditure data from a major US health care insurance plan for 702,154 women in the years 2011-13. The average expenditures for each false… CONTINUE READING

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