Economics ETDs

Publication Date

9-12-2014

Abstract

In 2010, 240,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 16,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer (www.seer.cancer.gov). In spite of technological advances and increases in education regarding cancer screening, healthcare costs are still on the rise and disagreement still exists between physicians who create guidelines and policy makers (Woloshin, 2000). This project examines cancer screening and examines socio-economic and demographic predictors for usage of preventative screening measures. This project also examines disparities in the current screening process. Data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 1987 and 2010 were used to compare differences across time. The results indicate that utilization of mammograms and Pap smears overall has increased, but many disparities still exist amongst groups who actually receive the preventative screenings.

Degree Name

Economics

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Economics

First Advisor

van der Goes, David

Second Advisor

Santos, Richard

First Committee Member (Chair)

Fontenla, Matias

Language

English

Keywords

Mammography, Pap Smear

Document Type

Thesis

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