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Salud Pública de México

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LOPEZ-CARRILLO, Lizbeth et al. Correct utilization of breast cancer detection techniques in Mexican women. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2014, vol.56, n.5, pp.538-564. ISSN 0036-3634.

Objective. Identify the characteristics associated with correct utilization of self examination (SE), clinical exam (CE) and mammography (MA) for breast cancer (BC) early detection. Materials and methods. Interviews were undertaken with 1 030 Mexican women (n=1 030), 20 to 88 years of age, regarding their reproductive and sociodemographic characteristics. An index of correct utilization was constructed based on the form and frequency practice of those techniques. Results. The prevalence of correct utilization of SE was 11% and 5.4% for CE. Further, 7.6% of women 40-49 years of age with 2 or more BC risk factors had MA during the two years prior to the interview, and for 31.6% among women ≥50 years of age the MA was annually. The main determinant of MA utilization was having financial protection from either IMSS, ISSSTE or Seguro Popular. Conclusions. It is necessary to improve the correct utilization of BC detection techniques in Mexico.

Keywords : breast cancer; mammography; breast self-examination; health services utilization; health resources; Mexico.

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