Breast Cancer Screening

What This Indicator Measures

This indicator tracks the percentage of women in Western New York ages 40+ who have had a mammogram within the past 2 years.

Why This Measure Matters

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women. Mammograms are critical to the early detection of breast cancer, which such screenings recommended every two years for women over age 40.

% of Women 40 Years and Older Who Have Had a Mammogram in the Past 2 Years

Data Sources & Notes

This chart presents summary level results from the Western New York Health Risks Assessment (HRA), as reported in the Western New York Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Update, 2004-2005. The HRA was conducted on behalf of the Western New York Public Health Coalition to identify health needs of the region. The 2004-05 HRA updated the results of a survey conducted by the Western New York Health Coalition in 1998-99.

A total of 3,163 households comprising over 5,500 adult individuals across the eight counties of Western New York completed an HRA survey over the telephone between October 2005 and March 2005.

The survey question for this indicator was "A mammogram is an X-ray taken only of the breasts by a machine that presses the breast against a plate. When was the last time you had a mammogram?" These questions were asked only of females ages 40 and up.

Western New York's average reflects a population-weighted average, while the New York State average is reported by CHAI. The national average is from the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported by the Center for Disease Control.

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Measuring Methods

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