Is the breast screening program still value for money?

Researchers suggest more needs to be done to reduce overdiagnosis
Jocelyn Wright
Professor Karen Canfell
Professor Karen Canfell.

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.

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 screening program, which costs just $3380 per life-year saved.