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Costs and benefits of cervical screening. II. Is it worthwhile reducing the screening interval from 5 to 3 years?

Authors
  • Waugh, N
  • Robertson, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cytopathology : official journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1996
Volume
7
Issue
4
Pages
241–248
Identifiers
PMID: 8853970
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A reduction in screening interval from 5 years to 3 years would greatly increase the cost of the programme, but would save few extra lives. The cost per life saved would be around 250,000 Pounds at 1995 prices, or around 8000 Pounds per life per year saved. There would in addition be human costs for the women screened. The opportunity cost of reducing the interval may be too great, since it is likely that the Health Service would achieve greater health benefits by investing the funds in other health care activities.

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