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Exploring barriers to uptake of breast cancer screening in South East London : a study of women's views.

Barter-Godfrey, Sarah and Taket, Ann. R 2005, Exploring barriers to uptake of breast cancer screening in South East London : a study of women's views., in APHA 2005 : American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition. Abstracts, American Public Health Association, [Philadelphia, Pa.].

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Title Exploring barriers to uptake of breast cancer screening in South East London : a study of women's views.
Author(s) Barter-Godfrey, Sarah
Taket, Ann. RORCID iD for Taket, Ann. R orcid.org/0000-0002-0971-5884
Conference name American Public Health Association Conference (133rd, 2005 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Conference location Philadelphia, Pa.
Conference dates 10-14 Dec. 2005
Title of proceedings APHA 2005 : American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition. Abstracts
Publication date 2005
Publisher American Public Health Association
Place of publication [Philadelphia, Pa.]
Keyword(s) screening
breast cancer
Summary Research on both sides of the Atlantic demonstrates that achieving high uptake of breast cancer screening remains an important area of public heath concern. UK government targets for breast screening uptake are 70%, however, much lower figures are found in many parts of the country, including South East London. This paper reports the findings of a study carried out to explore the views of women aged 50 to 64 (the age group covered by the free National Health Service screening programme) in order to: · establish in what way women who do not attend for screening are different from women who do attend · ascertain the views of the non-attenders with a view to making recommendations to the service which may help address the low uptake locally.

305 women were recruited through a variety of different community sources across the study area. Using a structured questionnaire/interview, women gave their views on their health concerns generally, as well as on breast screening in particular. The analysis (being undertaken now, to be completed by May 2005) will explore the influence of candidacy (women's assessment of the personal risk to them of their disease) on women's screening behaviour and the differences, if any, between the major ethnic groups in the area, indigenous white, black African and black Caribbean.

Learning Objectives:
# At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to

* 1. Describe the factors associated with women’s screening behaviour
* 2. Evaluate the relevance of candidacy in understanding screening behaviour
* 3. Assess the relevance of UK findings for screening programmes elsewhere.
Language eng
Field of Research 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920203 Diagnostic Methods
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025998

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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