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Screening for breast cancer: medicalization, visualization and the embodied experience.

Authors
  • Griffiths, Frances
  • Bendelow, Gillian
  • Green, Eileen
  • Palmer, Julie
Type
Published Article
Journal
Health (London, England : 1997)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2010
Volume
14
Issue
6
Pages
653–668
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1363459310361599
PMID: 20974697
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Women's perspectives on breast screening (mammography and breast awareness) were explored in interviews with midlife women sampled for diversity of background and health experience. Attending mammography screening was considered a social obligation despite women's fears and experiences of discomfort. Women gave considerable legitimacy to mammography visualizations of the breast, and the expert interpretation of these. In comparison, women lacked confidence in breast awareness practices, directly comparing their sensory capabilities with those of the mammogram, although mammography screening did not substitute breast awareness in a straightforward way. The authors argue that reliance on visualizing technology may create a fragmented sense of the body, separating the at risk breast from embodied experience.

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