Using a state cancer registry to increase screening behaviors of sisters and daughters of breast cancer patients

P. S. Houts, S. L. Wojtkowiak, M. A. Simmonds, G. B. Weinberg, D. F. Heitjan

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Abstract

The Pennsylvania Cancer Registry was used to contact breast cancer patients and, through them, their adult sisters and daughters. The sisters and daughters were counseled concerning their higher than average risks for breast cancer and their need for mammography and breast self-examination. Results showed a 9 percent increase in mammography and a 10 percent increase in breast self-examination rates for the counseled over control group. Costs were $49 per counseled sister or daughter indicating a need to increase cost effectiveness before implementation is practical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-388
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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