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Am J Prev Med. 1992 Jan-Feb;8(1):23-9.

Evaluation of a media-based mammography program.

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Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, CA 92182.


Reports indicate that only 15%-20% of women 50 years of age and older have had a mammogram. To promote screening mammography, the San Diego County Unit of the American Cancer Society sponsored a community-wide program that featured (1) discounted mammograms through participating clinics, (2) program promotion through television news, and (3) availability of a phone bank for obtaining referrals for mammography. Pre- and postintervention random sample phone surveys indicated that women's intentions to obtain a mammogram increased significantly after the media campaign, particularly in those aware of the program. Women's intentions after the media campaign predicted mammography compliance in the following year. A total of 3,102 women received mammograms directly through the program, with a "suspicious finding" rate of 4%. Participant satisfaction with the program was high.

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