Participation in annual skin cancer screening among women seeking routine mammography Journal Article


Authors: Ford, J. S.; Ostroff, J. S.; Hay, J. L.; Buckley, T. R.; Stein, T.; Berwick, M.; Primavera, L. H.; Shike, M.
Article Title: Participation in annual skin cancer screening among women seeking routine mammography
Abstract: Background. Early detection of skin cancer is associated with improved prognosis. The American Cancer Society's current skin cancer screening (SCS) recommendation states that adults over the age of 40 should receive an annual skin examination conducted by a health professional. However, little is known about the psychosocial factors related to participation in annual SCS, which remains relatively low among the general public. Methods. Data were collected from women, aged 50 and older, seeking routine mammography at a large, urban, breast diagnostic facility. Results. A total of 253 eligible women completed the survey. Overall, 20.2% of women reported receiving annual clinical SCS. Physician recommendation, self-efficacy, perceived susceptibility, and age were significantly associated with participation in annual skin screening. Conclusions. Similar to previously reported findings in the literature, our rates of participation in annual clinical skin screening were lower than reported rates for other types of cancer screening. Among older women, multiple covariates for participation in annual skin cancer screening were determined and may serve to guide future health education interventions to promote screening. Our findings suggest that participation could improve through increasing physician recommendation, screening self-efficacy, and individuals' sense of perceived susceptibility to skin cancer. © 2004 The Institute For Cancer Prevention and Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: adult; controlled study; aged; middle aged; cancer susceptibility; cancer prevention; skin neoplasms; patient education; cancer screening; health survey; attitude to health; breast neoplasms; information processing; skin carcinoma; psychological aspect; cancer center; mammography; early diagnosis; skin examination; self efficacy; health promotion; self concept; age distribution; physician attitude; early detection; normal human; periodic medical examination; prevention; preventive health services; covariance; social class; health beliefs; humans; human; female; priority journal; article; screening participation; skin cancer screening; xeromammography
Journal Title: Preventive Medicine
Volume: 38
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0091-7435
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2004-06-01
Start Page: 704
End Page: 712
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.01.017
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 15193890
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Notes: Prev. Med. -- Cited By (since 1996):7 -- Export Date: 16 June 2014 -- CODEN: PVTMA -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Moshe Shike
    140 Shike
  2. Jamie S Ostroff
    231 Ostroff
  3. Marianne Berwick
    120 Berwick
  4. Jennifer S Ford
    61 Ford
  5. Jennifer L Hay
    189 Hay
  6. Traci   Stein
    1 Stein