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Union County Public Health Profile Report

Self-Reported Breast Cancer Screening Among Women: Estimated Percent (Age-adjusted), 2017-2020*

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    95% Confidence Interval (71.7 - 83.7)
    NA=Data not available.
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Why Is This Important?

About one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and this risk increases with age. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most accurate tool for detecting breast cancer. Health care providers use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer.

Risk and Resiliency Factors

Factors that are negatively associated with self-report of breast cancer screening according to current guidelines include having an '''annual income of less than 139% of poverty level''' and being '''non-Hispanic Asian''' or '''non-Hispanic White'''. ([ Hall et al., 2018]) Note: [ Custom data views] of the estimated prevalence of adherence to breast cancer screening guidelines among New Jersey women by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' (including '''income''' and '''race/ethnicity''') can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of New Jersey women who are current with breast cancer screening recommendations has remained stable for over the last five years at approximately 80%.

What Is Being Done?

The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers. The services provided by NJCEED include: *Education *Outreach *Screening *Case Management *Tracking *Follow-up *Facilitation into Treatment

Healthy People Objective C-17:

Increase the proportion of women who receive a breast cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines
U.S. Target: 81.1 percent
State Target: 87.5 percent


Estimates are age-adjusted using the 2000 U.S. standard population.  *2019 data is not included in the average estimated prevalence. No data is available for 2019.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, []  

Measure Description for Self-Reported Breast Cancer Screening Among Women

Definition: Estimated percentage of New Jersey women aged 50 to 74 years who reported having a mammogram in the last two years.
Numerator: The number of women 50 to 74 years or older who reported having a mammogram in the last two years.
Denominator: The total number of female survey respondents aged 50 to 74 excluding those who responded "don't know" or "refused" to the numerator question.

Indicator Profile Report

Percentage of Females Aged 50 to 74 Who Reported Having a Mammogram in the Past Two Years (exits this report)

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