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Many women lack information about mammograms

Recent research has revealed that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of women surveyed said they strongly believe mammograms are important, but nearly half (46 percent) of the women had not had an annual mammogram.

These findings, released by the Society for Women's Health Research in October 2014, are based on a survey that was conducted to get information about women's perceptions of mammograms and breast cancer screening.

Among the reasons given for not scheduling a mammogram, women cited high cost and lack of insurance as the most significant. Women also reported that they must factor nonmedical costs, such as those for travel or childcare, into the time and effort it takes to get a mammogram. In addition, two-thirds (68 percent) of women indicated that they were unaware or did not believe that the Affordable Care Act requires that Medicare and commercial health insurance cover the complete cost of preventative services, such as mammography, at no cost to the patient.

More than 80 percent of the women indicated that it is important to have access to mammograms that offer better detection and reduce their chances of being called back for further testing. Among the women surveyed, 47 percent reported that they had been called back for more testing to follow up on abnormal mammograms.

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Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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