April 8, 2015

DON'T GO TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU'RE HEALTHY:

False positive breast cancer diagnoses cost U.S. $4 billion: study  (MEREDITH ENGEL, 4/07/15,    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

It's a medical mistake that costs taxpayers $4 billion a year - and millions of women a lot more than money.

A bombshell study found that false positive mammograms, when a healthy patient is misdiagnosed with breast cancer, happens 11% of the time, affecting 3.2 million women a year.

Over 10 years, a woman's odds of getting a false-positive result are 61%, according the report published in the journal, Health Affairs.

Those false positives can spur more testing and overtreatment, which jacks up costs and causes the women unnecessary distress, the authors of the study found.

Posted by at April 8, 2015 9:05 AM
  

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