Objective. To explore which socioeconomic and demographic characteristics influence Colombian women to utilize screening mammography (SMMG). Materials and methods. Data of women aged 40-49 years (n=12 345) and 50-69 years (n=14 771) from the Colombian national survey of demography and health 2010 was analyzed. Risk estimates (odds ratios, OR) of self-reported SMMG use were obtained using logisticregression. Results. Among women aged 50-69 years, high wealth index (OR=4.7; CI95%, 3.9-5.8), affiliation to special or contributory health insurance regime (OR=3.4; CI95% 2.6-4.6 and OR=2.5; CI95% 2.1-3.0 respectively), health consultation in previous year (OR=2.7; CI95% 2.3-3.1), high education level (OR=2.3; CI95% 1.8-2.9) and very good selfreported health (OR=1.5; CI95% 1.1-2.0) positively influenced SMMG utilization. Among women aged 40-49 years, likelihood of having a SMMG was high after a health consultation in the previous year. Conclusions. Socioeconomic and demographic differences in use of SMMG need to be contemplated in screening recommendations before considering an organized population-based programme.

Breast cancer, Cancer early detection, Colombia, Developing countries, Mass screening
Salud Publica de Mexico
Department of Dermatology

Font-Gonzalez, A, Piñeros, M, & de Vries, E. (2013). Self-reported early detection activities for breast cancer in colombia in 2010: Impact of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. Salud Publica de Mexico, 55(4), 368–378. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/88784