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J Cancer Educ. 2007 Spring;22(1):42-6.

Perceptions of breast cancer risk and cancer screening: a qualitative study of young, female Hodgkin's disease survivors.

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  • 1Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA02115, USA. Sharon_bober @dfci.harvard.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Young female Hodgkins Disease (HD) survivors are at high risk for breast cancer following chest irradiation. We explored health perceptions, screening behaviors, and barriers of this population.

METHODS:

Three focus groups and nine individual interviews (n = 22) were conducted.

RESULTS:

Women expressed significant misperceptions about breast cancer risk and screening. Screening barriers included avoidance, insurance issues, and lack of physician support.

CONCLUSION:

Female HD survivors would likely benefit from tailored education that links current beliefs with their previous cancer experience. Education about cancer risk may be more effective if delivered in a health-promoting rather than disease-detection framework.

PMID:
17570808
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