Comparing Breast Cancer Screening Rates Among Different Groups
Mammography screening is important for all women, regardless of their race/ethnicity or their risk of breast cancer. Some women are less likely than others to get mammography screening.There are many reasons for disparities in breast cancer screening in the U.S. Some are described here.
A main reason behind differences in mammography screening rates in the U.S. is health insurance.
Women who don’t have health insurance are much less likely to get mammograms than women with health insurance.
In 2013, among women ages 40 and older:
Although a lack of health insurance is a main reason for breast cancer screening disparities in the U.S., other factors play a role. Even among the women above with insurance, only 70 percent had a recent mammogram.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans (since September 2010) to cover yearly mammography (with no co-payment) for women ages 40 and older.
Other barriers to breast cancer screening
Other barriers to mammography screening may include:
These may explain some of the disparities in mammography screening rates among certain populations of women, such as women from different racial and ethnic groups.
More information about ethnic groups and breast cancer screening can be found at: