Date of Award

Winter 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Kristen Crossney, PhD

Committee Member

Michelle Wade, PhD

Committee Member

Allison Turner, PhD, MPA


Young women are diagnosed with breast cancer; and young women die from breast cancer. This qualitative dissertation seeks to prove the significance of lowering the mammography age from 40 years old to 30 years old. Current policy and programs correlate to the mandated age of 40 years old, unless the woman is at high risk; such as having a family cancer history. This dissertation also seeks to implement an addendum to insurance policies to cover for younger women to have mammography screening in the event they are younger than the recommended age. The purpose of this study was to examine policy frameworks of screening mammography’s and insurance coverage.

This qualitative dissertation will examine what are women’s early experiences with their medical providers who have been diagnosed with breast cancer; and are there components of the women’s early experiences that served as barriers to them getting treatment I recommend women who are 30 years of age having mammography screenings, women being taught how to perform self-examinations, and educate women how to decrease their risk of developing breast cancer.