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.
Level of Degree
Department of Economics
First Committee Member (Chair)
Mammography, Pap Smear
Christensen, Curtis. "Socio-Economic and Demographic Predictors of Mammography and Pap Smear Screening in US Women." (2014). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/econ_etds/34