Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 1053–1065

Mammography screening after breast cancer diagnosis in a first degree female relative: age group differences (United States)

  • Stephenie C. Lemon
  • Jane G. Zapka
  • Lynn Clemow
  • Barbara Estabrook
  • Ken Fletcher
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10552-006-0039-1

Cite this article as:
Lemon, S.C., Zapka, J.G., Clemow, L. et al. Cancer Causes Control (2006) 17: 1053. doi:10.1007/s10552-006-0039-1



To examine age group differences in predictors of mammography screening in women with a first-degree female relative (FDFR) with recent diagnosis of breast cancer.


A cohort study of 577 women ages 18 and over with a FDFR diagnosed with incident stage 0-III breast cancer was conducted. Telephone interviews were conducted at baseline, 6 months and 12 months. Logistic regression was used to model factors associated with mammography screening since diagnosis.


Mammography rates were 32%, 71% and 75% for women aged 18–39, 40–49 and 50 and above, respectively. Among the youngest group, belief in cancer screening effectiveness, mammography history and MD recommendation predicted mammography. For those 40–49, excellent self-rated health, perceived similarity of personality to the patient and higher intrusive thoughts predicted mammography. Perceived similarity of health care utilization to the patient and higher risk perceptions were associated with mammography among women aged 50 and above.


Mammography rates were high among women aged 40–49 and 50 and above, and considerable among women aged 18–30, even in view of the lack of evidence-based guidelines. Continued attention should be paid to the 25–30% of older women who do not report screening.


Mammography age factors High-risk women Relatives 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephenie C. Lemon
    • 1
  • Jane G. Zapka
    • 2
  • Lynn Clemow
    • 3
  • Barbara Estabrook
    • 1
  • Ken Fletcher
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Preventive and Behavioral MedicineUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUK
  2. 2.Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and EpidemiologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUK

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