Table 2B

Cancer screening rates of breast cancer and cervical cancer among homeless women, by age group

All females<4040–49≥50California average 40+
Breast cancer(n = 101)(n = 25)(n = 32)(n = 44)
 Heard of a breast exam99 (98%)24 (96%)31 (97%)44 (100%)
 Ever had a breast exam89 (88%)23 (92%)28 (88%)38 (86%)89.0%a,b
 Had a breast exam in the past 12 months53 (53%)13 (52%)18 (56%)22 (50%)77.2%a,b
 Heard of a mammogram74 (97%)31 (97%)43 (98%)
 Ever had a mammogram51 (67%)17 (53%)c34 (77%)c87.3%d,e,f
 Had a mammogram in the past 12 months24 (32%)9 (28%)15 (34%)72.7%e,d,f
Cervical cancer(n = 100)(n = 24)(n = 34)(n = 44)
 Heard of a Pap smear100 (100%)24 (100%)32 (100%)44 (100%)
 Ever had a Pap smear97 (97%)24 (100%)31 (97%)42 (96%)92.0%d,e,f
 Had a Pap smear in the past 12 months55 (55%)14 (58%)20 (63%)21 (48%)84.4%d,e,f
  • a Behavioral risk factor surveillance system, 1997.

  • b Had breast exam within the past 2 years.

  • c Indicates a statistically significant difference by age (P = 0.026).

  • d American Cancer Society, 1999.

  • e Had mammogram within the past 2 years.

  • f Had Pap smear within the past 3 years.