Breast screening compliance following a statewide low-cost mammography project.

V. G. Vogel, D. S. Graves, D. K. Coody, R. J. Winn, G. N. Peters

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Public health educational campaigns can attract large numbers of one-time participants, but the impact on subsequent behavior remains unstudied. The American Cancer Society Texas Division, Inc. sponsored a statewide $50.00 mammography screening project in early 1987. More than 64,000 mammograms were completed at 306 centers; 37,000 screenees answered a 31-item questionnaire. Attitudes toward screening were assessed, and screening history was recorded. Eighteen months after the project, a follow-up questionnaire was sent to 1000 screenees; 411 women returned the questionnaires. In the year following the project, 51% of the women 50 years and older reported having a subsequent mammogram. Among the women in this group who had never had a mammogram prior to 1987, 42% had screening mammography repeated in the following year. These data show that media-based public education projects can be effective mechanisms for improving and maintaining compliance with mammography screening recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-576
Number of pages4
JournalCancer detection and prevention
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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