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Prev Med. 1991 May;20(3):350-63.

Screening mammography rates and barriers to use: a Los Angeles County survey.

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UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Control 90024.

Abstract

The use of screening mammography among women 40 years of age and older in Los Angeles County was assessed through a random digit dial telephone interview. The sample of 802 women represents a large urban population with substantial proportions of blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. The survey obtained information regarding adherence to the ACS/NCI screening mammography guidelines, perceived benefits of early detection and mammography, perceived threat of developing breast cancer, and barriers to utilization. The results showed that 71% of the women had had at least one mammogram, with 49% having received a screening mammogram according to the guidelines for their age. Less than half the respondents knew the screening guidelines for their age, with women ages 40-49 years being less knowledgeable than women greater than or equal to 50 years old (29 vs 58% answering correctly). A logistic regression analysis predicting the likelihood of having obtained a screening mammogram according to the guidelines found the following to be predictive: concern over radiation (negative association), age (negative association), family history, knowledge of guidelines, and cost of a mammogram (negative association). Other demographic factors and beliefs were not significantly related to this dependent variable.

PMID:
1862057
DOI:
10.1016/0091-7435(91)90034-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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