POD Webinar Series Episode 2

19 Oct 2020 – 16:00 EST

Steven Woloshin and Barry Kramer will be joined by Don Berry and Jennifer Moss who will tackle some of the issues surrounding overscreening of cancer in the elderly and statistical modelling in healthcare.

Dr. Jennifer Moss is an expert in geographic disparities in cancer prevention behaviors, including vaccination, tobacco use and screening.

Overscreening for cancer can cause harms to patients as well as increased healthcare costs and inefficiencies. We used national survey data to determine the prevalence of overscreening for cancer among older adults. Overall, about half or more of older adults report receiving a cancer screening after the recommended upper age limit. People were more likely to be overscreened if they lived in metropolitan areas, had a usual source of healthcare, reported good health, had higher educational attainment, or were married. Overscreening did not decrease meaningfully by age or life expectancy. Interventions are needed to reduce overscreening and associated harms.

Don Berry is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He got a PhD in Statistics from Yale University a long time ago. For the last 20 years he’s led a modeling group in breast cancer as part of an NCI-funded U01 in the CISNET program (Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network). During this same period he’s served as a member of NCI’s PDQ Screening and Prevention Editorial Board.

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