Breast cancer, Skin cancer, Cancer screening, Body image
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Breast self-examinations (BSE) and skin self-examinations (SSE) represent cost-effective and time-efficient approaches to cancer detection. Given their utility, it is important to determine who is likely to perform these behaviors regularly and why. Because BSE and SSE require close examination of one's body, women who are less satisfied and less comfortable with their bodies may perform these behaviors less often. This study sought to determine if a relationship exists between body image and BSE and SSE behaviors and intentions. Ninety-three women completed measures assessing body image, past performance of and future intentions to perform BSE and SSE. Results indicated that body image was related to past performance of SSE. Having greater body-areas satisfaction and more favorable global evaluations of appearance were related to having performed SSE more frequently in the past year. Future research should further examine this relationship utilizing longitudinal designs and more diverse populations.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Body Image: An International Journal of Research, v. 6, issue 1, p. 60-63
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Scholar Commons Citation
Chait, Sari R.; Thompson, Joel K.; and Jacobsen, Paul B., "Relationship of Body Image to Breast and Skin Self-Examination Intentions and Behaviors" (2009). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2228.