The National Women's Health Resource Center's Breast Cancer Study Also
Shows 82% of Women Do Not Know the #1 Risk Factor for Breast Cancer
RED BANK, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new study by
the not-for-profit National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), the
nation's leading source for women's health information, women who are
dissatisfied with their overall physical appearance are significantly less
likely to be up to date with preventive screenings, such as mammography and
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The national survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, as part of the NWHRC's new Learn.Love.Commit. breast cancer awareness campaign, finds that women who feel good about their overall physical appearance are more likely to have had mammograms (68% versus 59%) or Pap smears (78% versus 61%) than women who are unsatisfied with their overall physical appearance.
"Making the connection between self-esteem and preventive care is a big step to helping women understand that if they love themselves on the outside, they are more likely to take better care of themselves on the inside," said Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, RN, executive director of the NWHRC. "Our new breast cancer campaign seeks to not only give women the information they need on breast cancer risk factors, screening and treatment, but also encourages them to feel self confident and worthy enough to take preventive steps to keeping themselves healthy."
Despite women believing they are knowledgeable and have the information
they need about breast cancer, only 18 percent of women in the survey
correctly identified age as the number one risk factor. Sixty-four percent
of respondents incorrectly believe that family history is the single
greatest factor. Even more di
|SOURCE National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC)|
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