This is good news!
It's being reported that if there is an anomaly in your mammogram, that it is cheaper AND safer to get a biopsy using a needle than going through a biopsy surgery!!
According to the source:
"A study in Florida found that 30 percent of the breast biopsies there from 2003 to 2008 were surgical. The rate should be 10 percent or less, according to medical guidelines."
"The figures from Florida probably apply to the rest of the country, researchers say, which would translate into more than 300,000 women a year having unnecessary surgery, and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Many of those women do not even have cancer: most breast biopsies, about 80 percent, are benign. For women who do have cancer, a surgical biopsy means two operations instead of one, and may make the cancer surgery more difficult than it would have been if a needle biopsy had been done."
On the obscene prices of the operations:
"Hospital charges for a needle biopsy are about $5,000 to $6,000, and double that for an open biopsy, according to Dr. Grobmyer’s article. Doctors’ fees for an open biopsy range from $1,500 to $2,500, he said, and for a needle biopsy, $750 to $1,500."
It sucks to hear how many unnecessary surgeries have happened, but it's fantastic news as we move forward towards future diagnosis and prevention!!
Ladies, make sure you're being checked according to guidelines! Your health is extremely important, and everyone should be checked after a certain age!!
Let's get proactive about this!!
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