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Half of those aged 45 to 85 do not have mammograms performed annually

Thursday, December 9, 2010 (Last Updated: 12/10/2010)

THURSDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, only 50 percent of eligible women get a yearly mammogram, according to a study presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held from Dec. 8 to 12.

Milayna Subar, M.D., of Medco Health Solutions Inc. in Franklin Lakes, N.J., and colleagues reviewed medical claims for women 40 years of age and older and eligible for mammography between January 2006 and December 2009 from a 12-million-member medical claims database at Medco Health Solutions.

The investigators found that 50 percent of women aged 40 to 85 years in any given year had a medical claim for a mammogram. In addition, only 60 percent of women had two or more mammograms over the four-year study period. Between 2006 and 2009, the mean annual mammography rates were 47 percent among those aged 40 to 49 years, 54 percent in those 50 to 64 years, and 45 percent among those 65 to 85 years.

"Although surveys indicate that over 70 percent of women support mammographic screening between ages 40 to 49, these data suggest that even among an insured population, many women do not have claims evidence of even one mammogram in four years and almost half of women do not receive biannual or more frequent mammography," the authors write. "These data also indicate that additional efforts are needed to reach the Healthy People 2010 goal of at least 70 percent of women aged 40 years or older having a mammogram in the past two years."

All the authors are employed by Medco Health Solutions Inc.

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Specialties Hematology & Oncology
OBGYN & Women's Health
Internal Medicine

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