Tillit och misstro: om synen på mammografiscreening vid bröstcancer

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One example of the welfare state’s health ambitions is to reduce the onset of illness and mortality from cancer, which among other things means that approximately 900,000 women in Sweden in the age group 40–74 years recurrently receive an invitation to mammography screening. The objective is to detect possible breast cancer at an early stage and thereby reduce mortality from the disease. For this to be possible a high participation is one of the basic conditions. This article deals with the view of mammography screening among women who have experienced breast
cancer. Twenty-eight women were interviewed in six focus group settings. Data were processed through a thematic analysis and theories of coping were used as the analytical tool. The findings show how the confidence in the value of mammography screening was on trial in connection with the announcement of the diagnosis, especially for the women who discovered their breast cancer themselves between two screenings (interval cancers). The way the tumour was discovered
marked a watershed between feeling confident or not to the value of mammography screening. The women in the study used three forms of coping strategies to continue maintaining confidence in the value of mammography screening: adaptation, control and avoidance. Overall, these strategies have been interpreted as an adaptation to the welfare state’s health ambitions and an enabling to continue the participation when the invitation for mammography screening arrives in the mailbox, regardless of their own experiences.
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)127-147
Number of pages20
JournalSocialvetenskaplig tidskrift
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology

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