Compliance with routine and risk-based screening can be an important indicator of mammography in childhood cancer survivors, according to a study of 625 female participants who were treated with chest radiotherapy (RT) and therefore carried an increased risk of breast cancer. Of the women sampled, 551 responded to a survey about breast cancer screening practices which found:
• Women who had a Pap test (PR, 1.77) and who perceived their breast cancer risk as higher than the average woman were more likely to have had a mammogram (PR, 1.26).
• A diminished effect of echocardiogram screening on having a mammogram among women when compared to younger women.
• A need to ensure women understand their increase breast cancer risk and the importance of following breast surveillance guidelines.
Citation: Rosenberg SM, Moskowitz CS, Henderson TO, et al. Health care utilization, lifestyle, and emotional factors and mammography practices in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. [Published online ahead of print August 24, 2015]. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.
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