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A mammogram is an x-ray of each breast to look for breast cancer. Have you ever had a mammogram? BC-05 BC-01
When did you have your most recent mammogram to check for breast cancer? BC-06 BC-02
How long before your most recent mammogram was the last one? BC-08
Is there any particular reason why you haven't had a mammogram? BC-09
Have you thought about getting a mammogram? BC-10
Would you say that you plan to get one, you don't plan to get one, or you're undecided? BC-11
When do you expect to have your next mammogram? BC-12
At what age are women supposed to start having mammograms? BC-13
In general, once women start having mammograms, about how often should they have them? BC-14
How likely do you think it is that you will develop breast cancer in the future? BC-01
Compared to the average woman your age, would you say that you are more likely to get breast cancer, less likely, or about as likely? BC-02
How often do you worry about getting breast cancer? BC-03
A mammogram is an x-ray of each breast to look for breast cancer. During the past 12 months, did a doctor, nurse, or other health professional advise you to get a mammogram? BC-04
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Brief 15: Organizations Collaborate to Focus on Prevention MessagesDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 15When it comes to cancer prevention, more information does not necessarily mean greater clarity. Organizations collaborate to focus on prevention messages.
May  2010
Brief 3: Cancer Screening: Breast, cervix, and colorectalDownload Brief in PDF Format
Cover image of Brief 3Most Americans Are Aware of Cancer Screening Tests. Knowing age and frequency recommendations remains a challenge.
Aug  2006
Published Articles Using HINTS Data

McQueen A, Vernon SW, Meissner HI, Rakowski W.  2008Risk perceptions and worry about cancer: does gender make a difference?J Health Commun  13(1):56–79

Silk, K. J., Westerman, C. K., Strom, R., & Andrews, K.  2008The Role of Patient-Centeredness in Predicting Compliance with Mammogram Recommendations: An Analysis of the Health Information National Trends SurveyCommunication Research Reports  25(2), 1–14

Coughlin SS, Berkowitz Z, Hawkins NA, Tangka F.  2007Breast and colorectal cancer screening and sources of cancer information among older women in the United States: results from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey. Prev Chronic Dis  4(3):A57

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