Robert H. Jackson, MD; Terry C. Davis, PhD
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Jackson RH, Davis TC. Mammography Use in Black Women. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:333-334. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-126-4-199702150-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;126(4):333-334.
TO THE EDITOR:
Burns and colleagues  should be congratulated on successfully completing a truly massive study. We are also interested in improving use of screening mammography in underserved populations.
Burns and colleagues confirm our limited local experience [2, 3] of distressingly low rates of mammography use among some women. We are investigating reasons for this by conducting series of patient interviews to identify specific barriers, facilitators, attitudes, and knowledge about mammography. Educational factors appear to be particularly important. Many practitioners and institutions rely on brochures to provide education about mammography, brochures that many women may not be able to read. Cultural and peer group factors also seem important. A common sentiment our patients express is, “I knew someone who had a mammogram once and before I knew it she was dead from breast cancer. If I have it I don't want to know.”
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