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Reason for most recent breast exam: Follow-up tests

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For sample females ages 40 and older who have had a breast physical exam in the past three years because of a health problem, BREXWHYFOLUP reports whether the health problem that led to the exam was follow-up tests/treatment. Other possible reasons included complications related to breastfeeding, soreness, swelling, lumps, pain, discharge, or an unrelated medical problem.

BREXWHYFOLUP 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.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1987: Half of female sample persons age 40+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have ever heard of a breast physical exam and have ever had a breast physical exam and had last exam in the past 3 years because of a health problem.


  • 1987