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Attitudes toward mammography differ across ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds
Date:11/26/2007

CHICAGO Black and Hispanic women have a different understanding of screening mammography compared with that of Caucasian women, according to the findings of a Boston University Medical Center survey presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Limited understanding of mammography still exists across different ethnic and socioeconomic groups, said Nazia F. Jafri, M.D., medical intern at Mount Auburn Hospital in Boston. Increased community outreach and education targeted at minority and underserved women may lead to better breast cancer prognoses in these groups.

Breast cancer incidence rates tend to be lower among minority women than among Caucasian women, but mortality rates are higher. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, African-American women between the ages of 35 and 44 have a breast cancer death rate more than double the rate for Caucasian women in the same age group. Hispanic women in the U.S. are 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer than Caucasian women.

While a number of factors may contribute to these alarming statistics, the researchers sought to determine if ethnic or socioeconomic background held any sway over womens beliefs or opinions regarding breast cancer screening for early detection.

For the study, the researchers surveyed 1,011 women of various educational, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds who underwent screening mammography at Boston University Medical Center. The survey asked women questions about their understanding of mammography and their preferences regarding call-back after a suspicious finding on a screening mammogram.

The results showed that differences in ethnic background appear to influence womens preferences regarding the trade-off between recall and earlier detection of cancer. Caucasian women strongly preferred recall given the possibility of earlier detection of
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Contact: Linda Brooks
lbrooks@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America
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