Breast Health of US Women Religious (Nuns)
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2008
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The Breast Journal
Volume 14, Issue 6, pages 581–583, November/December 2008
How to Cite
Thiel, L. (2008), Breast Health of US Women Religious (Nuns). The Breast Journal, 14: 581–583. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2008.00651.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2008
- breast health;
- breast screening behaviors;
- breast self-examination;
- clinical breast examination;
- women religious
Abstract: Breast cancer is a major health problem and concern of women religious in the USA. Although they have been identified as a high-risk population, only a limited number of breast health studies have been conducted. The purpose of this study was to explore breast-related health practices (breast self-examination [BSE], clinical breast examination [CBE], and mammography) of women religious residing in the United States. A survey design was used to collect a national sample. The probability sample consisted of 1,615 women religious between the ages of 24 and 99 (mean age = 64.5). Nearly 71% of the respondents reported performing BSE; 22.7% monthly. Sixty-nine percent of participants reported having a mammogram within the past year. Nearly 70% of the respondents reported having had a CBE within the past year. Several factors for not performing BSE or having mammogram are described by this population. Findings suggest a need for increase engagement by women religious in breast-related health practices.