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Demographic variables affecting participation in mammography screening: a cross-sectional study


  • Hatice OZKOC

    (Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business, Turkey)


Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. There are three commonly used diagnostic methods in this particular cancer type, for which the survival rate can be quite high with early diagnosis. Compared to breast self-examination and clinical examination, mammography stands out as a more accurate diagnostic method. Although there are health policies regarding mammography screening in many countries, mammography screening behavior has not reached to the desired level worldwide. In this study, we aim to reveal the demographic factors affecting the frequency of women getting mammograms in Turkey. The frequency of mammography screening was estimated with a generalized logit model using the microdata of TURKSTAT "Turkey Health Survey". As a result, we found that the mammography screening differentiated across different age and income groups. The disease status was reported to increase the frequency of mammography screening. However, marital status and employment status did not have any significant effect.

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  • Hatice OZKOC, 2021. "Demographic variables affecting participation in mammography screening: a cross-sectional study," Journal of Applied Microeconometrics, Holistence Publications, vol. 1(1), pages 19-27, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jle:joujam:v:1:y:2021:i:1:p:19-27
    DOI: 10.53753/jame.1.1.02

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    Breast Cancer; Mammography; Income Levels; Ordered Categorical Dependent Variable; Generalized Ordered Logit Model;
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    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior


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