Emily Swanson | November 24, 2009
USA Today / Gallup
11/20-22/09; 1,136 women age 35-75, 4% margin of error
981 women aged 35-75 who have had a mammogram, 4% margin of error
284 women aged 35-49 who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer, 7% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Next, we'd like to know about your experiences with getting mammograms, the x-rays designed to screen for breast cancer. Which of the following applies to you - you have never had a mammogram, you have had at least one mammogram, but have not had these on a regular basis, or you have had regular mammograms?
13% Never had a mammogram
26% Had at least one, not regularly
58% Had regular mammograms
3% Not asked - breast cancer survivor
Among those who have had mammograms: We'd like to know how stressful the experiences you have had with mammograms have been for you, both in terms of the actual procedure and also any concerns raised by the test results. Which of the following applies to you --having mammograms has never been stressful for you, on at least one occasion having a mammogram was somewhat stressful for you, or on at least one occasion having a mammogram was very stressful for you?
55% Never been stressful
29% Somewhat stressful at least once
15% Very stressful at least once
As you may know, medical guidelines have called for most women to have their first mammogram at age 40 and then to have follow-up mammograms every year. The advisory panel now recommends increasing the age for a first mammogram to age 50, and changing the frequency to every two years. What is your opinion of the new recommendations, do you-
22% Agree, 76% Disagree
Just your best guess, do you think the panel's recommendations were mainly based on a fair assessment of the true medical risks and benefits of mammograms for women in their 40s, or mainly based on the potential for cost savings in the healthcare system?
16% Assessment of risks and benefits, 76% Potential for cost savings
Among those who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer: Do you think you will, personally, wait until age 50 to get your next mammogram, or will you get one sooner than that?
13% Wait until age 50, 84% Get sooner than that