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C-18.1 Data Details

C-18.1 Increase the proportion of women who were counseled by their providers about mammograms

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
69.8 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of women aged 50 to 74 years who were counseled by their provider about having a mammogram
Number of women aged 50 to 74 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey Cancer Control Supplement:


Have you EVER HAD a mammogram?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

[If yes:]

Was your most recent mammogram recommended by a doctor or other health professional?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

[If no:]

In the PAST 12 MONTHS, has a doctor or other health professional recommended that you have a mammogram?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Did not see a doctor in the past 12 months
  4. Refused
  5. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Data include women whose most recent mammogram was recommended by a provider or whose provider recommended a mammogram in the past 12 months.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 50-64, 65-74
  • Race/Ethnicity: 50-64, 65-74
  • Educational Attainment: 50-64, 65-74
  • Family Income: 50-64, 65-74
  • Family Type: 50-64, 65-74
  • Country of Birth: 50-64, 65-74
  • Disability Status: 50-64, 65-74
  • Geographic Location: 50-64, 65-74
  • Marital Status: 50-64, 65-74
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 3-10f in that objective 3-10f tracked the proportion of health care providers who counseled their female patients about mammograms, while the current objective tracks the proportion of women who receive mammogram counseling from their providers. The measure was also updated to match new guidelines put forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), AHRQ