Mammograms and Breast Cancer Awareness
- In one study, 94% of women whose physicians had recommended mammograms had
obtained one in the last 2 years, whereas only 36% of those whose physicians
had not made the recommendation had done so.
- Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger
women (55% vs. 65% for women ages 40-49), even though breast cancer risk increases
- Hispanic women have fewer mammograms (58%) than Caucasian women (68%)
and African American women (68%).
- Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes
to have had a mammogram within the past 2 years (44% vs. 65%).
- Mammography use increased between 1989-1997 for all groups except American
Indians and Alaska Natives.
- Only 5 states do not mandate insurance coverage of mammograms- Hawaii,
Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming. (Source: National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month Promotion Guide, 2000.)
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Created: 10/22/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women (55% vs. 65% for women ages 40-49), even though breast cancer risk increases with age.