Breast cancer screening program should give higher importance to younger women

April 2, 2010

Screening younger women for breast cancer is fairer and makes sound economic sense, according to new research by the University of East Anglia.

Published online today by the leading journal Value in Health, the study assessed the current screening guidelines in terms of both cost effectiveness and fairness.

The researchers concluded that extending the hotly-debated screening programme to would have real benefits in terms of both economic efficiency and equity. The approach could also be used for other fatal diseases with similar age distributions.

"Screening only older women increases unfair disparities in terms of , quality of life and incidence of disease," said principal investigator Prof Louis Niessen, a public health economist at UEA's School of Medicine.

"Our findings show that extending to younger women will lead to a better mix of health programmes and a more balanced approach to the fight against ."

Prof Niessen urged policymakers and agencies such as NICE to use proper value-based weighing methods and take women's preferences into account when next reviewing breast cancer control guidelines.

More information: 'Incorporating equity-efficiency interactions in cost-effectiveness analysis - three approaches applied to breast cancer control' by S Baeten (Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands), R Baltussen (Radboud University, Netherlands), C Uyl-de Groot (Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands), J Bridges (Johns Hopkins University, US) and L Niessen (UEA, Johns Hopkins University and Erasmus Medical Centre) is published by Value in Health on April 2 2010.

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mysticshakra
not rated yet Apr 02, 2010
There is no fight against breast cancer, only endless money being spent and nothing to show for it. The best they come up with is to radiate a breast every year until it causes what they are looking for.

Then they ignore the correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer because it would be inconvenient and disrupt commerce.

All cancer research is an bottomless money pit.

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