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Big gap between risk perception for breast cancer and risk factors: nationwide survey in Korea

 Keeho Park  ;  Sei Jin Chang  ;  Hyeon Chang Kim  ;  Eun Cheol Park  ;  Eun Sook Lee  ;  Chung Mo Nam 
 Patient Education and Counseling, Vol.76(1) : 113-119, 2009 
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 Patient Education and Counseling 
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Adult ; Aged ; Breast Neoplasms* ; Confidence Intervals ; Data Collection ; Female ; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice* ; Humans ; Korea ; Middle Aged ; Multivariate Analysis ; Odds Ratio ; Risk* ; Risk Factors ; Social Perception* ; Surveys and Questionnaires
Perceived risk ; Breast cancer ; Mammography ; Comparative optimism ; Communication
OBJECTIVE: To explore perceived risk of breast cancer among Korean women and to investigate factors associated with perceived risk of breast cancer. METHODS: A telephone survey using random digit dialing was conducted with an age- and region-stratified random sample of women in Korea. The study population consisted of 1000 women who participated in telephone surveys in which a 21-item questionnaire was administered. RESULTS: This study showed a significant level of comparative optimism in breast cancer risk perception in Korean women with an average risk of breast cancer. According to the multivariate analysis, younger age, family history of breast cancer, and history of benign breast disease were the factors associated with higher perceived comparative risk of breast cancer. CONCLUSION: The finding that a limited number of breast cancer risk factors were related to perceived risk of breast cancer is worrying because women with other risk factors for breast cancer may believe themselves to be at lower risk. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: It is necessary for women to understand their risk factor profiles to avoid biased optimism or pessimism
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Kim, Hyeon Chang(김현창) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-1240
Nam, Jung Mo(남정모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0985-0928
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
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