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Estimation of breast cancer risk by women aged 40 and over: a population-based study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9458566     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Identify factors associated with knowledge of breast cancer and estimation of risk.
METHODS: Telephone survey of 412 women aged 40 and over, living in Montreal and selected by random digit dialing.
RESULTS: The majority of the respondents had recently been exposed to some information on breast cancer, but only a third quoted the average lifetime probability estimate of about 1 in 10. Older individuals systematically considered themselves at low risk (odds ratio (OR) of perceiving risk as lower than average for women aged 50 or over versus under 50: 2.6, 95% confidence interval: (1.5, 4.6)). In addition, both a first-degree family history of breast cancer (OR: 5.3 (1.7, 17.0)) and a recent mammogram (OR: 3.0 (1.4, 6.2)) were strongly associated with a woman's probability of perceiving herself at high risk.
CONCLUSIONS: Information campaigns should emphasize the frequency of breast cancer in different age groups and the strength of the established associations with specific risk factors. Better knowledge of risk could promote sustained participation in breast screening programs.
N Hébert-Croteau; P Goggin; N Kishchuk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de santé publique     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0008-4263     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Public Health     Publication Date:    1997 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-06     Completed Date:  1998-03-06     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372714     Medline TA:  Can J Public Health     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  392-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Direction de la santé publique, Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal-Centre, Québec.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Odds Ratio
Quebec / epidemiology
Socioeconomic Factors

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