Journal article

Use of breast cancer screening and treatment services by Australian women aged 2544 years following Kylie Minogues breast cancer diagnosis

Margaret Kelaher, Jennifer Cawson, Julie Miller, Anne Kavanagh, David Dunt, David M Studdert

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of the publicity surrounding Kylie Minogue's diagnosis with breast cancer on doctor-referred breast imaging, image-guided biopsy, and cancer excisions among a low-risk population of women in Australia. Method We examine changes in unilateral and bilateral breast imaging, image-guided breast biopsies, and surgical excisions of breast cancer before and after the announcement of Kylie Minogue's diagnosis with breast cancer in May 2005. The study included procedures provided through the Australian public health system to women aged 25-44 years from October 2004 and June 2006. RESULTS: The odds of women aged 25-44 years undergoing imaging procedures increased by ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

These analyses are based on data provided by Medicare Australia. We would also like to thank Lyle Gurrin for his statistical advice. M. K. is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development award and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. D. S. is supported by Federation Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.