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Reason why no breast exam ever or in last 3 years

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For sample females ages 40 and older who ever heard of a breast physical exam, but have not had a breast exam, or whose last breast exam was more than three years ago, BREXWHYNO3YR reports the most important reason the respondent has not had a breast exam ever or in the past three years. Possible reasons included: "procrastination/put it off", "didn't know I should", "not needed/not necessary", "cost too much", "no insurance coverage", "don't go to doctors", "don't have a doctor", "not recommended by doctor/doctor never said it was needed", "doctor said it wasn't need", "too embarrassing", "haven't had any problems", "fear", or "examine own breasts".

BREXWHYNO3YR 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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  • 1987: Half of female sample persons age 40+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have ever heard of a breast physical exam but have not had an exam, or who have had a breast physical exam and last exam was more than 3 years ago.


  • 1987