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Cancer symptom awareness and barriers to medical help seeking in Scottish adolescents: a cross-sectional study

Hubbard, G. and Macmillan, I. and Canny, A. and Forbat, L. and Neal, R.D. and O'Carroll, R.E. and Haw, S. and Kyle, R.G. (2014) Cancer symptom awareness and barriers to medical help seeking in Scottish adolescents: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 14 (1117). DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1117

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Abstract

Initiatives to promote early diagnosis include raising public awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and addressing barriers to seeking medical help about cancer. Awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and emotional barriers, such as, fear, worry, and embarrassment strongly influence help seeking behaviour. Whether anxiety influences seeking medical help about cancer is not known. The purpose of this study about adolescents was to examine: 1) the relationship between contextual factors and awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and barriers (including emotional barriers) to seeking medical help, and 2) associations between anxiety and endorsed barriers to seeking medical help. Interpretation of data is informed by the common sense model of the self-regulation of health and illness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 03:47
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:53
ISSN: 1471-2458
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3621
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1117
Publisher: Biomed Central
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