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Table 4 Knowledge of changes to mammography recommendations

From: Awareness of the 2009 US Preventive Services Task Force recommended changes in mammography screening guidelines, accuracy of awareness, sources of knowledge about recommendations, and attitudes about updated screening guidelines in women ages 40–49 and 50+

Response Category Percentage of Responses
Responses About Changes in Age To Start Screening  
 Accurate Responses About Guidelines Change  
  Start at 50 9.9%
  Example: “Used to be 35 or 40 but now it’s 50”
  Start later (no specific age mentioned) 19.8%
  Example: “Raised the age”
Inaccurate Responses About Guidelines Change  
  Start at age earlier than 50 (specific age mentioned) 6.4%
  Example: “Age 45 recommend every two years”
  Start earlier (no specific age mentioned) 10.3%
  Example: “changed the age in which to get first mammogram”
  Change in age (no direction mentioned) 4.4%
  Example: “changed the age in which to get first mammogram”
  Don’t Know/Uncategorizable 21%
  Example: “Insurance changes”, “I don’t know”
  Response did not include statement about age 27.9%
Responses About Changes to Frequency of Screening Percentage of Responses
Accurate Responses About Guidelines Change  
  Every two years 16.8%
  Example: “went from every year to two years”
  Less frequent (no specific timetable mentioned) 19.3%
  Example: “Length between increase”
Inaccurate Responses About Guidelines Change  
  Every year 3.9%
  Example: “lower the start age to 35 and made it annually”
  More frequent (no specific timetable mentioned) 8.9%
  Example: “I think they want you to have them more often”
  Change in frequency ( no direction mentioned) 4.0%
  Example: “The year was changed and how often”
  Don’t Know/Uncategorizable 21%
  Example: “More research done”, “I don’t know”
  Response did not include statement about frequency 26.1%
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