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Health Psychol. 1996 Nov;15(6):430-3.

Breast cancer worry and screening: some prospective data.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University, Fargo 58105, USA.


Breast cancer concerns were measured among 353 women, ages 40-75, from North Dakota. One year later, participants were recontacted and asked about their screening behavior during the previous year. Greater concern about breast cancer, even the highest level of concern, was related to a higher likelihood that women performed breast self-examination, had a mammography screening, and had a clinical breast examination. These data do not support the idea that worry inhibits action; instead, they suggest that nonpathological worry motivates self-protective behavior.

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