Army Women's Breast Cancer Risk
Name: Elaine DeCesare
Rank: LTC, USA
Organization: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Performance Site: DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA
Year Published: 1993
Abstract Status: Initial
The proposed study is a descriptive epidemiological study investigating the occurrence of risk factors for breast cancer among Active Duty (AD) Army women using an existing military health appraisal data base. The specific aims of the study include: describe the overall occurrence of risk factors for breast cancer among AD Army women; describe the occurrence of risk factors for breast cancer among AD Army women based on rank; explore the differences of risk factors based on rank; describe the occurrence of risk factors among AD Army women based on ethnicity; and explore the differences of risk factors based on ethnicity. The sample size will be 15,000 Active Duty Army women who completed the US Army Health Risk Appraisal, (DA Form 5675) in 1992. Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics and one-way analysis of variance. Reliability testing of the tool will be done using Cronbach's-Alpha. This is a foundational study to develop a program of breast cancer epidemiology and early detection research for military women. This program of study would lead to a better understanding of breast cancer, aid health care providers who care for military women, and assist those who plan and allocate resources for women's health care in the Department of Defense.