Breast Cancer Screenings Cost Medicare $1 Billion

Breast Cancer Screenings Cost Medicare $1 Billion Annually – ABC News.

Have you ever considered how much money is spent screening for breast cancer?  According to an article this week from abc news, “Medicare spends almost as much money screening for breast cancer as it does treating it, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.”   For women age 75 and older, $410 million was spent.  A question was raised as to whether or not this was the best use of these funds (ie, is there a cheaper way to screen and were lives saved?)  The study only had a two year follow up with patients. The American Cancer Society still recommends annual breast cancer screenings for women over 40.

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