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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, vol. 40, no. 2 , pp. 121-136 , doi: 10.1177/1440783304043050.

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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
Authors/Creators:Willis, KF
Keywords: choice, responsibility, screening, technology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1440783304043050
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Copyright 2004, SAGE Publications.

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