A New Survey Approach for Informing Policy Makers About Women’s Views On Breast Cancer Screening Frequency

BCSC in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University evaluates new method of informing and soliciting women's preferences around frequency of breast cancer screening.

Posted by Anna Tosteson at 1:00 PM on Feb 8, 2022


A new study conducted by BCSC researchers in partnership with investigators at Carnegie Mellon University evaluated a new way of asking women about their preferences for how often they have mammography screening. Women were introduced via an online survey to the 10-year risk of breast cancer death, false-positives, and overdiagnoses associated with different mammography screening frequencies. The study showed that participants were able to understand the outcomes associated with different mammography screening frequencies and to provide preferences in a meaningful way. Researchers who use this survey approach will be able to inform policy makers about how the lay public views the balance of benefits and harms that accompany different approaches to breast cancer screening.

Grayek E, Yang Y, Fischhoff B, Schifferdecker KE, Woloshin S, Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL, Tosteson ANA. A Procedure for Eliciting Women’s Preferences for Breast Cancer Screening Frequency. Medical Decision Making, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272989X211073320 [Link to article]

Posted by: Anna Tosteson