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Recommended age to start having breast exam

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For sample females ages 30 and older who have had a breast physical exam, BREXAGE reports at what age the respondent believes doctors recommend that women should start having breast physical exams.

BREXAGE was first introduced as part of a supplement on cancer control. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


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  • 1992: Half of female sample persons age 30+ in quarters 1 and 2 and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have ever had a breast physical exam.


  • 1992