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Personal choice/social responsibility: women aged 40-49 years and mammography screening


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Willis, KF (2004) Personal choice/social responsibility: women aged 40-49 years and mammography screening. Journal of Sociology, 40 (2). pp. 121-136.

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Screening for breast cancer is a key public health policy for women. However, there is controversy about when women should commence screening because the evidence of benefit for women younger than 50 years remains unclear. In Australia women who are aged 40–49 years are allowed to participate in breast cancer screening, although government policy indicates that participation should be based on these women making an ‘informed choice’ about participation. This article reports on research investigating the idea of choice and screening. Semi-structured interviews were held with women in rural Tasmania who have participated in screening for breast cancer before turning age 50. The study finds that these ideas of choice and personal responsibility for health have social dimensions that are critical to understanding the decision to participate in screening.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: choice, responsibility, screening, technology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Page Range: pp. 121-136
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1177/1440783304043050
Additional Information: Copyright 2004, SAGE Publications.
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 05:55
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
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