Screening for breast cancer: medicalisation, visualisation and the embodied experience

Griffiths, Frances, Bendelow, Gillian, Green, Eileen and Palmer, Julie (2010) Screening for breast cancer: medicalisation, visualisation and the embodied experience. Health, 14 (6). pp. 653-668. ISSN 1363-4593

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Abstract

Women's perspectives on breast screening (mammography and breast awareness) were explored in interviews with midlife women sampled for diversity of background and health experience. Attending mammography screening was considered a social obligation despite women's fears and experiences of discomfort. Women gave considerable legitimacy to mammography visualizations of the breast, and the expert interpretation of these. In comparison, women lacked confidence in breast awareness practices, directly comparing their sensory capabilities with those of the mammogram, although mammography screening did not substitute breast awareness in a straightforward way. The authors argue that reliance on visualizing technology may create a fragmented sense of the body, separating the at risk breast from embodied experience.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Gillian Bendelow
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:51
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 10:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18659

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