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Ever had breast physical exam

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For sample adult females, BXEV reports if the woman ever had a breast physical exam.

For 1992 forward, the question included the criteria that the exam was done by a doctor or other health professional. Also for 1992 forward, interviewers mentioned to respondents that a physical breast exam was when a doctor or other health professional to checks for lumps (or other signs of breast cancer for 2000 forward).


Changes in the universe (particularly with regard to age) limit comparability of samples. Analysts should review the universe tab for such changes across years.


  • 1987: Half of female sample persons age 40+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have ever heard of breast physical exam.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement) who are female and age 30+.
  • 1998; 2000; 2005; 2010; 2015: Female sample adults age 30+.
  • 1999: Female sample adults age 18+.


  • 1987, 1992, 1998-2000, 2005, 2010, 2015


  • 1987, 1992, 1998-2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 : SAMPWEIGHT