Which factors affect a women's decision to undergo a breast cancer screening mammogram?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Although mammography guidelines have been in place for more than 30 years, 20-30% of women still do not undergo screening as indicated. The 2 most significant factors governing a woman’s decision to undergo mammography are physician recommendation and access to health insurance. Nonwhite women and those of lower socioeconomic status remain less likely to obtain mammography services and more likely to present with life-threatening, advanced stage disease. [98, 99]


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