Mammograms are fleecing our wallets without actually helping us defeat the enemy – Breast Cancer. Mammograms continue to be highly marketed, ineffective tools for detecting breast cancer; yet more and more women are marketed into using them every day.
Well now even the high priced tools inside them are failing. According to West Hawaii Today.
A high-tech tool now used on more than 90 percent of U.S. mammograms doesn’t improve breast-cancer detection and may lead to missed diagnoses — all while adding at least $400 million to the nation’s annual health care tab, a study by investigators in Boston and Seattle has found. Computer-aided-detection (CAD) for mammography, which aims to double-check radiologists’ screening results, didn’t improve accuracy by any measure, according to the largest study to date of the controversial tool, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
A $400 million tab to try to push technology into already failed technology seems like a snow job to me.
This is a perfect example of something that has taken off without adequate analysis of the harms and benefits,” said Diana S.M. Buist of Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, which helped conduct the National Cancer Institute-funded study by the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium.
How does something rake up a $400 million dollar tab without even being tested and qualified? A University of Washington suggest women request CAD free mammograms if they do choose to get them so as to avoid the high price of the failed technology.
Check out the test results:
Group Health investigators worked with lead author Dr. Constance Lehman of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to analyze more than 625,000 digital mammograms read by 271 radiologists at 66 sites across the United States between 2003 and 2009.
The study, which reviewed mammograms from nearly 324,000 women, found that radiologists detected cancer in about four of every 1,000 women — and invasive cancer in about three of those four — whether they looked at nearly half a million digital mammograms with CAD or nearly 130,000 without it.
It is baffling to me that any corporation could get away with fleecing our tax dollars and end up with such a failed result. Mammograms in general are being outed as completely failed technology, but it seems more and more we keep pushing financing into trying to cure the machines, rather than cure the cancer. Check out our article on how mammograms just don’t work (here).