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Behavioral Studies Regarding HPV and Cervical Cancer

Decision-Making About Cancer Screening Among Older Women

Investigator: Catherine R. Messina, PhD

This study is examining the decision-making processes employed by older women for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. Research includes identifying decisionmaking preferences, actual involvement in cancer screening decisions, decisional conflict, and the influence of these on planning and obtaining breast, cervical, and colorectal screening. The study is using the extensive Stony Brook Women's Health Initiative database and reports to determine the influence of individual characteristics (such as prior screening tests, demographics, health locus of control, orientation to medical care, social support, and health behaviors) as modifiers of decision-making processes. The objective is to understand the decision-making processes of those women who are less likely to use cancer screening or to participate in screening decisions. The long-term objective is to ultimately enhance the decision-making process.

For more information, contact NCI Program Director: Wendy Nelson, PhD

Last Updated: January 5, 2012

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