Date of Award

Spring 5-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Social and Behavioral Sciences


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Carlos Reyes-Ortiz


To examine the association between religiosity and breast cancer screening methods, 6,541 women aged 60 and older from the Health, Well-Being and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean Study (SABE) were studied. The outcomes were reporting a mammogram, a clinical breast examination (CBE) or breast self-examination (BSE) within the last 2 years. Women who reported religion being very important were more likely to have a mammogram (OR=1.90, 95% CI 1.53-2.35), a CBE (OR= 1.70, 95% CI 1.44-2.00) and a BSE (OR= 1.44, 95% CI 1.23-1.68) compared with women who reported no religious affiliation. This suggests that religiosity may facilitate breast cancer screening behaviors among older women.