Accession Number : ADA434615


Title :   Outcomes of Screening Mammography in Elderly Women


Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Oct 2003-30 Sep 2004


Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN FRANCISCO


Personal Author(s) : Smith-Bindman, Rebecca


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA434615


Report Date : OCT 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 44


Abstract : There is uncertainty about whether women older than age 65 should undergo screening mammography. Although screening mammography may benefit some elderly women through the detection of early breast cancers, it may harm other women through false positive diagnoses and the detection of clinically insignificant lesions. This research study involves the design and implementation of a data analysis of HCFA Medicare billing claims linked with national tumor registry data from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. The specific aims of this research will evaluate the following: (1) differences in breast cancer mortality, (2) differences in breast cancer treatment, and (3) differences in breast cancer tumor attributes between women who were screened and those who were not. The project involves defining whether Medicare billing claims data are accurate for the assessment of mammography utilization and completion of the outlined aims once these data were shown to be reliable.


Descriptors :   *QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS , *AGING(PHYSIOLOGY) , *THERAPY , *MORTALITY RATE , *MAMMOGRAPHY , *CANCER SCREENING , DATA PROCESSING , UNCERTAINTY , MEDICAL RESEARCH , WOMEN , EPIDEMIOLOGY , LESIONS , GERONTOLOGY , MAMMARY GLANDS , BREAST CANCER , MEDICARE.


Subject Categories : ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
      MEDICINE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE