The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of their respective agencies.
Reported drop in mammography †
Is this cause for concern?
Version of Record online: 14 MAY 2007
Published 2007 by the American Cancer Society
Volume 109, Issue 12, pages 2405–2409, 15 June 2007
How to Cite
Breen, N., A. Cronin, K., Meissner, H. I., Taplin, S. H., Tangka, F. K., Tiro, J. A. and McNeel, T. S. (2007), Reported drop in mammography . Cancer, 109: 2405–2409. doi: 10.1002/cncr.22723
This article is a US Government work and, as such, is in the public domain in the United States of America.
- Issue online: 4 JUN 2007
- Version of Record online: 14 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 23 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Received: 16 JAN 2007
- breast cancer incidence;
- cancer screening;
- National Health Interview Survey
Timely screening with mammography can prevent a substantial number of deaths from breast cancer. The objective of this brief was to ascertain whether recent use of mammography has dropped nationally.
The authors assessed the trend in mammography rates from 1987 through 2005. Then, they used the 2000 and 2005 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) estimates to characterize trends and current patterns in mammography use.
After robust, rapid increases in reported use of mammography by women in the U.S. since 1987, estimates from the 2005 NHIS showed a decline compared with 2000 (from 70% to 66%). Although it was small, this decline may be cause for concern, because it signals a change in direction.
This report establishes for the nation what already has been observed in some local data. The results confirmed that the use of mammography may be falling. This change needs to be monitored carefully and also may call for intervention. Cancer 2007. Published 2007 by the American Cancer Society