This study examined the barriers to undergoing mammography perceived by a group of women with ready access to reduced-cost screening mammography in a mobile van at the workplace. The subject sample comprised women who made appointments for mammography at the Susan G. Komen Mobile Breast Center in Dallas. Women who underwent mammography and women who made appointments but did not undergo the examination were asked to complete a survey examining potential barriers to undergoing mammography. The group of patients surveyed were, as a whole, well educated, affluent, less than 50 years of age, and knowledgeable about breast cancer. Compliant women were more likely to have previously undergone mammography (P < .001), to have been influenced by their physician's advice to undergo mammography (P < .005), and to be influenced by the media than were noncompliant women (P < .005). These findings may be useful in developing strategies to increase mammographic screening in a self-referred population.
- Breast radiography, utilization
- Cancer screening
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging