Fariba Farhadifar, Parvaneh Taymoori and Tanay Berry
Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
University of Alberta, Canada
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Cancer Sci Ther
Background: Breast cancer ranks as the second most common cancer among the Iranian women. The regular repeat of mammography with 1-2 year intervals leads to the increased efficiency of early detection of breast cancer. The present study examined the predictors of repeat mammography. It was hypothesized that higher social support is connected with mammography repeat. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 400 women 50 years and older in Sanandaj, Iran. Data was collected by self-report questionnaire including information on socio demographical variables and measuring social support level. Data was analyzed by SPSS16 software. Multiple logistic regression was used to determine the predictive power of demographic variables and dimensions of social support for repeat mammography. Results: Women aged 50-55 years had three times odds of repeat mammography compared to women aged 56-60 years (OR, 3.02). Married women had twice odds of repeat mammography compared to single women (P<.006). The probability of repeat mammography in women with higher social support was 0.93 times greater than the women with lower social support (OR, .93; 95%CI, .91-.95; P<.0001). Conclusion: Iranian women are less likely to repeat mammography than other Asian women. Identifying the associations between perceived social support and repeat mammography may offer detailed information to allow for future study and guide the development of interventions not only for Iranian women but also for similar culture that received way too little attention to date in the breast cancer literature.
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