S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemology, studies aging and longevity. Photo: Jenny Fontaine/UIC Public and Government Affairs
“Imagine taking your iPhone and snapping a selfie and putting it into our Web site and discovering that your eyes are that of a 50-year-old, your lips are that of a 70-year-old, your cheeks are that of a 50-year-old.” —S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology, on a new technology he helped develop that uses facial recognition technology to reveal how old you look, July 2 Washington Post
Dr. Memoona Hasnain/ Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin
First generation Muslim women living in Chicago were more likely to ever have had a mammogram if they lived in the United States longer, had a primary care physician, had higher self-efficacy and believed in the importance of getting screened for breast cancer according to a recent study in the Journal of Women’s Health.
“Despite significant reductions in mortality due to breast cancer attributed to increased screening and mammography, disparities in the use of screening persist in certain populations,” said Dr. Memoona Hasnain, associate professor of family medicine in the UIC College of Medicine and lead author of the paper. “Migration to western countries is often associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and ethnic minority women living in western countries are more likely to present with more advanced stages of breast cancer when they do get screened.”
Hasnain and colleagues wanted to find out what the barriers to breast cancer screening were for Muslim women living in Chicago.
They surveyed 207 first-generation Muslim women with a mean age of 52 years old about their beliefs about breast cancer, screening practices and their use of mammography.