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Date:9/23/2008

sturbing, older women in the survey were no more likely to think they are at risk for breast cancer than other women, showing that they do not fully appreciate the importance of age as a risk factor for breast cancer.

The survey also finds that women with a family history of breast cancer can no more accurately identify the leading risks associated with breast cancer or demonstrate knowledge about breast cancer overall than other respondents.

Cost Largest Impediment to Not Obtaining Mammogram

Overall, women say they are well informed about both breast cancer and screening recommendations. Seventy-five percent correctly stated that women should have a mammogram once a year and nearly the same number (74%) reported having had a mammogram in the last year.

Looking specifically at the women in the survey who had not had a mammogram in the past year, the key factor is not lack of awareness, but rather cost. Twenty-one percent of women say they cannot afford to get a mammogram.

"With screening technologies becoming more accurate and advanced, coupled with the number of local programs offering free mammograms, women need to know these options are available in their communities," says Lydia Komarnicky, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Drexel University College of Medicine and medical advisor for the NWHRC's Learn.Love.Commit. campaign.

Breast Cancer: Women's Greatest Health Concern

For a portion of this study, NWHRC teamed with REDBOOK magazine to ask women about their greatest health concerns and their attitudes about surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer. Fifty-one percent of respondents identified breast cancer as the top health concern about which they worry versus those who worry about heart attack (48%), diabetes (42%) and lung cancer (31%).

The study also found that most women are relatively confident that they could survive breast cancer but, at the same time, 40 percent of respondents re
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SOURCE National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC)
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