Is the breast screening program still value for money?

Researchers suggest more needs to be done to reduce overdiagnosis

It is costing up to $65,000 for each life-year saved under Australia’s breast screening program, trigger­ing calls for more to be done to risk-stratify women and reduce overdiagnosis.

Professor Karen Canfell
Professor Karen Canfell.

Researchers from the ­Cancer Council NSW, who came up with the estimate, are comparing the figure to the renewed cervical screening program, which costs $16,630 per life-year saved, and the bowel cancer