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Screening mammography uptake within Australia and Scotland in rural and urban populations.

Leung, Janni; McLaughlin, Deirdre; Woods, Laura M; Henderson, Robert; Watson, Angus; Kyle, Richard G; Hubbard, Gill; Mullen, Russell; Atherton, Iain; MacLeod, Catriona


Janni Leung

Deirdre McLaughlin

Laura M Woods

Robert Henderson

Angus Watson

Richard G Kyle

Gill Hubbard

Russell Mullen

Catriona MacLeod


Objective. To test the hypothesis that rural populations had lower uptake of screening mammography than urban populations in the Scottish and Australian setting.
Method. Scottish data are based upon information fromthe Scottish Breast Screening Programme Information System describing uptake amongwomen residingwithin the NHS Highland Health Board area who were invited to attend for screening during the 2008 to 2010 round (N=27,416). Australian data were drawn from the 2010
survey of the 1946–51 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (N= 9890 women).
Results. Contrary to our hypothesis, results indicated that women living in rural areas were not less likely to attend for screening mammography compared to women living in urban areas in both Scotland (OR for rural= 1.17, 95% CI = 1.06–1.29) and Australia (OR for rural = 1.15, 95% CI = 1.01–1.31).
Conclusions. The absence of rural–urban differences in attendance at screening mammography demonstrates that rurality is not necessarily an insurmountable barrier to screening mammography.


Leung, J., McLaughlin, D., Woods, L. M., Henderson, R., Watson, A., Kyle, R. G., …MacLeod, C. (2015). Screening mammography uptake within Australia and Scotland in rural and urban populations. Preventive medicine reports, 2, 559-562.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 24, 2015
Publication Date Jun 24, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 23, 2018
Journal Preventive Medicine Reports
Print ISSN 2211-3355
Electronic ISSN 2211-3355
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 559-562
Keywords Breast neoplasms, early detection of cancer, healthcare disparities, rural health, Scotland, Australia, health services,
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