Journal article

Mammography Adherence among High-Risk Women with Breast Cancer and Either a Non-Pathogenic Mutation Identified or Untested BRCA1/2 Genetic Status

Alison Flehr, Fiona Judd, Geoffrey J Lindeman, Maira Kentwell, Penny Gibson, Christina Bryant, Angela Komiti, G Bruce Mann, Lesley Stafford

Journal of Medical Psychology | IOS Press | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Little is known about the illness perceptions of women with a previous breast cancer diagnosis and either no access to a personal BRCA1/2 test or tested and a no pathogenic mutation identified result and how this might impact their mammography adherence. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of illness beliefs, specifically those relating to emotional representations and cure and control beliefs about breast cancer, and socio-economic status (SES) on mammography adherence of these women. The traditional health belief model (HBM) was compared to a modified model which allowed for the contribution of emotions in health surveillance decision-making. Method: Maile..

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