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Cad Saude Publica. 2011 Aug;27(8):1529-36.

[Costs of mammogram campaigns in the Regional Health Division of Marília, São Paulo State, Brazil, 2005-2006].

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Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil.


The aim of this study was to measure the direct costs of mammogram campaigns conducted by the Regional Health Division of Marília, São Paulo State, Brazil, in 2005 and 2006. A total of 11,952 mammograms were performed. Mammographic outcomes were classified according to BI-RADS. Cost analysis was based on the amount paid by the Brazilian Unified National Health System (SUS). Ten cases of breast cancer were diagnosed (0.84 per 1,000 mammograms), 70% of which between 50 and 69 years of age. The campaigns and follow-up cost a total of R$450,019 (U$280,000), with R$431,467 paid for 11,952 mammograms and R$18,552 for diagnosing 29 suspected cases and treating 3 cases of benign tumors and 6 cancer cases. Mean cost per diagnosed case was R$43,268. The high cost per diagnosed case highlights the need to implement effective screening programs and improve the quality of mammography services in this region of São Paulo State.

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