The Costs and Cost Effectiveness of Screening

Even after gathering the evidence about the benefits and harms of screening, policy makers must still ask the question of whether the net benefits are worth the costs and resource utilization. It may be, for example, that annual abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans detect unsuspected cancers of several types and even sometimes extend a life. But the costs of such a strategy (leaving aside the likely harms for the large number of false positives) may be prohibitive. In other words, the benefits may not be worth the cost.

Opportunity costs are also important. That is, if clinicians spend large amounts of time discussing cancer screening that has little probability of benefit, this may take away from time that could be used, for example, to counsel people about stopping tobacco use, or spending more time on SDM for potentially beneficial cancer screening.

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

Learning About 10 Ways Fight Off Cancer Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life The Best Tips On How To Keep This Killer At Bay Discovering that you or a loved one has cancer can be utterly terrifying. All the same, once you comprehend the causes of cancer and learn how to reverse those causes, you or your loved one may have more than a fighting chance of beating out cancer.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment