Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing


Early detection of breast cancer improves the likelihood of positive outcomes considerably. Evidence supports mammography is effective in determining the presence of cancer in asymptomatic women. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram at 35, every 2 years between the ages of 40-49, every year after age 50. The majority of women, especially rural women, fail to comply with screening mammography guidelines. Continued effort needs to be directed towards identifying barriers to mammogram and providing information and assistance to women to overcome them. This study will investigate the relationship between perceived barriers to mammography and frequency of mammography in rural women. Examination of this relationship may lead to a better understanding of rural, which may be helpful in designing strategies to increase participation in mammography screening, thereby decreasing cancer deaths.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Breast -- Radiography

Rural women -- Health and hygiene



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South Dakota State University