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Radiology. 1992 Jul;184(1):59-63.

Factors influencing women to undergo screening mammography.

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Department of Radiology, University of Arizona, Tucson.


Despite the fact that mammography is a valuable tool for early detection of breast cancer, the majority of age-eligible American women do not avail themselves of screening mammography. To better understand why women do or do not undergo mammography and to further develop guidelines for promoting breast cancer screening, the authors investigated what impact personal factors, attitudes, and health-related behaviors have on compliance with screening mammography by surveying 521 women for information related to health behavior, health concerns, sense of well-being, satisfaction with health care, and knowledge about breast cancer. Women who underwent mammography were more likely to have a regular physician, to practice breast self-examination, to be less concerned over the cost of mammography, to be generally satisfied with their health care, to believe they have a greater sense of control over their health, and to be more knowledgeable about mammography and breast cancer. Age, health behavior, sense of well-being, locus of control, and breast cancer experience helped differentiate between women who had undergone mammography and those who had not.

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