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Am J Public Health. 1998 November; 88(11): 1713–1714.
PMCID: PMC1508571

The use of mammography by survivors of breast cancer.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Survivors of breast cancer are at high risk for development of a second breast cancer and are thus a group for whom annual mammography screening is recommended. However, survivors' use of mammography rarely has been examined. METHODS: We surveyed a representative population sample of survivors who lived in rural communities about their mammography use after cancer. RESULTS: Of these women, 30% had not received a mammogram in the preceding year. Predictors of mammography use included physician recommendation and whether the original cancer had been detected by mammography. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians should recommend mammography to survivors of breast cancer to ensure regular use.

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