Title

Screening mammography: a missed clinical opportunity? Results of the NCI Breast Cancer Screening Consortium and National Health Interview Survey Studies

Authors

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology ; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

Date

7-4-1990

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Aged; Breast Neoplasms; Educational Status; Female; Health Surveys; Humans; Interviews; Mammography; Mass Screening; Middle Aged; National Institutes of Health (U.S.); Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Socioeconomic Factors; United States

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies

Abstract

Data from seven studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) were used to determine current rates of breast cancer screening and to identify the characteristics of and reasons for women not being screened. All seven studies were population-based surveys of women aged 50 to 74 years without breast cancer. While over 90% of non-Hispanic white respondents had regular sources of medical care, 46% to 76% had had a clinical breast examination within the previous year, and only 25% to 41% had had a mammogram. Less educated and poorer women had had fewer mammograms. The two most common reasons women gave for never having had a mammogram were that they did not know they needed it and that their physician had not recommended it. Many physicians may have overlooked the opportunity to recommend mammography for older women when performing a clinical breast examination and to educate their patients about the benefit of screening mammography.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: JAMA. 1990 Jul 4;264(1):54-8.

Comments

Mary E. Costanza and Jane Zapka are identified on p. 54 as the participating investigators for UMass Worcester in the consortium.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

PubMed ID

2355430