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Influences on breast cancer diagnosis

Influences on breast cancer diagnosis

December 31, 2014

Geographical and seasonal influences on breast cancer diagnosis

It is highly recommended for women age of 40 and older to receive annual mammogram since early cancer detection is associated with improved survival and treatment outcome. However, numerous barriers stand in the way of receiving mammograms in a timely manner. For instance, a recent study suggested that time it takes to travel to a mammography center and cold weather are two significant barriers to the recommended mammogram screening. While women who lived 15 minutes away from the nearest mammography center missed no appointments, those who lived farther away were more likely to miss screening appointments. In addition, the study also found that more women missed their appointments during the winter months. Because frequent screening is associated with lower cancer staging at diagnosis, it is extremely important to acknowledge these preventable barriers that could save lives.

Article Source: Onitilo AA, Liang H, Stankowski RV, Engel JM, Broton M, Doi SA, Miskowiak DA.  Geographical and seasonal barriers to mammography services and breast cancer stage at diagnosis. Rural and Remote Health 14: 2738. (Online) 2014. Available:

This article was submitted by:

Michelle Jin

Clinical Research Coordinator to Dr. Mindie Nguyen

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Stanford Hospital & Clinics