by Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | September 27, 2011
From the November 2011 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
About nine in 10 women say having a regular mammogram helps them feel in control over their health care, according to a new poll carried out by the American College of Radiology. The results were released Tuesday.
The telephone poll, which went out to 1,000 U.S. voters and was answered by 359 women, also found that about 86 percent of respondents had had a mammogram in the past two years. Only 3 percent had their last scan more than 5 years ago.
Those who have had a mammogram considered it vital to their well-being. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the "most important," 68 percent of women gave their own mammograms a 10. About 88 percent gave it a 7 or higher.
However, the ACR noted that the number of mammography facilities, and scanners, in the country has fallen over the past four years. As of Sept 1., there were about 8,614 certified U.S. mammo facilities, according to a list kept by the Food and Drug Administration, with 12,277 accredited scanners. But in Sept. 2007, there were 8,832 facilities, and 13,399 scanners.
"I'm encouraged that poll results show that nearly 9-in-10 women voters are getting regular mammograms. However, I think we need to continue to stress to women and health care providers that mammography saves lives," Dr. Barbara S. Monsees, chair of ACR's Breast Imaging Commission, said in a statement.
The survey ran from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6.