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Spirituality & cancer

Spirituality can influence detection of breast cancer, according to research from the University of Missouri, Columbia. The study found that spirituality, risk perception and self-worth affect how women process media messages about breast cancer prevention and engage in breast self-exams and mammograms.

Using data from 446 surveys of African American and European American women, advertising professor Cynthia Frisby found that among African American women, more attention was paid to the media messages by those with high spiritual values. When that group also had high self-worth, they were more likely to engage in breast self-exams and mammograms.

Among European American women, more attention was paid to awareness messages by those with high self-worth, but those who were more spiritual were less likely to engage in breast self-exams or mammograms.


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