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DO ELDERLY WOMEN IN MALAYSIA GO FOR MAMMOGRAM SCREENING? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 January 2014 17:36

Rahmah  MA1, Aniza I 2, Che Engku Nor Bahiyah CEM 2

1Medical and Health Science Faculty, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

2 Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Despite the debates of the benefits of continuing mammography screening among elderly women, studies in Malaysia have shown that the prevalence of breast examination declines after age 45 years and for mammogram per se, the prevalence of examination increases until age of 64. This study aims to determine the prevalence of mammogram screening among elderly women in Hulu Langat, Selangor and its relationship with factors such as demographic factors, family history of breast cancer, perceived health status, perceived general psychological factor and lifestyle factors. Data used were from a cross sectional study of health status among community in Hulu Langat area by the Department of Community Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia carried out from the year 1998 till 2002. However this paper focused on the database involving elderly women age 60 and above. The sample population was 652. The mean (standard deviation) age was 67.17 (5.995). Only 8.3% of the elderly women claimed to ever had mammogram screening done. Hence, the prevalence of mammogram screening is still low among elderly women in Hulu Langat. Having family history of breast cancer (p < 0.001) and perceived positive psychological status (p=0.003) had shown significant associations with mammogram screening among them. It is therefore important for researcher to further look into the reasons behind this and qualitative exploration is highly recommended.

Keywords : mammogram screening, elderly, Malaysia.

 

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