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Time since most recent breast exam: Years

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For female respondents, BREXAMYR reports how long it has been since the respondent's last breast exam, in years. "[N]ever" and "less than one year" are also response categories.

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


Changes in the sampling universe (e.g., age) may affect comparability over time. Researchers should use caution when making comparison across years.


  • 1982: Female persons age 17+.
  • 1985; 1990: Female sample persons age 18+.
  • 1999: Female sample adults age 18+ who ever had a breast exam.


  • 1982, 1985, 1990, 1999