Primary care benefit to cancer cases

The researchers accessed a database on 105,100 women diagnosed with breast cancer, after age 67, between 1994 and 2005. US Medicare claims provided information about the women’s use of services. On average, the women had 14 consultations before the diagnosis. The greater the number of primary care visits, the more likely the women were to have mammography.

Women who had 11 or more consultations were half as likely as women who had one consultation to present with advanced cancer. Breast cancer mortality was 41% lower in women who had 10 or more visits. All-cause mortality