Breast cancer risk perception: what do we know and understand?

Abstract:

:Women's perceptions of breast cancer risk are largely inaccurate and are often associated with high levels of anxiety about cancer. There are interesting cultural differences that are not well researched. Genetic risk counselling significantly improves accuracy of women's perceptions of risk, but not necessarily to the correct level. Reasons for this are unclear, but may relate to personal beliefs about susceptibility and to problems or variations in risk communication. Research into the impact of demographic and psychological factors on risk perception has been inconclusive. An understanding of the process of developing a perception of risk would help to inform risk counselling strategies. This is important, because knowledge of risk is needed both for appropriate health care decision making and to reassure women who are not at increased risk.

journal_name

Breast Cancer Res

authors

Hopwood P

doi

10.1186/bcr83

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Has Abstract

pub_date

2000-01-01 00:00:00

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387-91

issue

6

eissn

1465-5411

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1465-542X

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2

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