Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH; Somnath Saha, MD, MPH; Steven Teutsch, MD, MPH; Tom Hoerger, PhD; Albert L. Siu, MD, MSPH; David Atkins, MD, MPH; Jonathan Klein, MD; Mark Helfand, MD, MS; for the Cost Work Group of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
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Acknowledgments: The authors acknowledge the support and assistance of Kathryn Pyle Krages, AMLS, MA, of the Oregon Health and Science University Evidence-based Practice Center, and Trina McClendon for manuscript preparation.
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There are few data on the effects of disease biology and competing mortality on the effectiveness of screening women for breast cancer after age 65 years. The authors performed a review to determine the costs and benefits of mammography screening after age 65 years.
Cost-effectiveness articles published between January 1989 and March 2002.
Studies were identified by using MEDLINE and the National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database. The authors included research on screening after age 65 years conducted from a societal or government perspective; reviews and analyses of other technologies were excluded.
115 studies were identified and 10 met inclusion criteria. One study modeled age-dependent assumptions of disease biology. No study fully captured the potential harms of screening, including anxiety associated with false-positive results, overdiagnosis, and previous knowledge of cancer or living longer with the consequences of treatment. Studies differed in the specific strategies compared and in analytic approaches. On average, extending biennial screening to age 75 or 80 years was estimated to cost $34 000 to $88 000 (2002 U.S. dollars) per life-year gained, compared with stopping screening at age 65 years. Two studies suggested that it was more cost-effective to target healthy women than those with several competing risks for death.
Current estimates suggest that biennial breast cancer screening after age 65 years reduces mortality at reasonable costs for women without clinically significant comorbid conditions. More data are needed on disease biology and preferences for benefits and harms in older women.
Table. Summary of Studies on the Cost-Effectiveness of Screening for Breast Cancer after Age 65 Years
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Mandelblatt J, Saha S, Teutsch S, Hoerger T, Siu AL, Atkins D, et al. The Cost-Effectiveness of Screening Mammography beyond Age 65 Years: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:835–842. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-139-10-200311180-00011
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(10):835-842.
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