Comparing screening and preventive health behaviors in two study populations: Daughters of mothers with breast cancer and women responding to the behavioral risk factor surveillance system survey

Diane Baer Wilson, John Quillin, Joann N Bodurtha, Donna McClish

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Background: Studies show that daughters of mothers with breast cancer may be at increased risk for developing the disease. However, daughters' adherence to health behavior and screening recommendations, compared to the general population, is unknown. Methods: Telephone interviews explored characteristics of adult daughters (n=147), including primary and secondary preventive behaviors, body mass index (BMI, kg/m 2), physical activity, fruit/vegetable intake, alcohol intake, smoking, and mammography. Daughters of mothers with breast cancer were recruited from the community and were compared with Virginia women (n=2528) from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. Differences were examined using logistic regression, adjusting for demographic covariates. Results: Daughters were younger (p3 fruit/vegetable servings daily (p=0.032) compared to BRFSS results. There were no differences in BMI, smoking rates, alcohol consumption, or level of physical activity at work. Conclusions: Daughters with familial breast cancer risk were more likely to receive mammography screening than BRFSS participants, but they were no different in BMI, physical activity at work, exercise, or smoking than BRFSS participants and were less likely to consume more fruits and vegetables. More research is needed to explore group differences in screening practices compared to modifiable health behaviors in daughters of mothers with breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1206
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine(all)

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