Mammography Screening Among African-American Women with a Family History of Breast Cancer.
Annual rept. 1 Aug 96-31 Jul 97,
DUKE UNIV MEDICAL CENTER DURHAM NC
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Comparisons were made between African-American women with and without a family history of breast cancer with respect to mammography screening, attitudes towards mammography screening and perceptions of risk and concerns about breast cancer. Screening behavior was similar among both groups with compliance with recent screening exceeding 55. Women with rather than without a family history expressed less positive and more negative attitudes towards mammography, although both had similarly positive global attitudes towards having mammograms. Attitudes were poor correlates of screening intentions and behaviors. Women with a family history reported higher perceived risk and were more concerned about getting breast cancer than women without a family history. While greater knowledge of breast cancer risk factors predicted heightened risk and concerns about getting breast cancer, overall knowledge was poor. Perceived risk was negatively related to being on schedule and with future intentions to have a mammogram. Women with a family history expressed a greater desire to be tested for breast cancer than women without a family history.
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