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Ovarian cancer symptom awareness and anticipated delayed presentation in a population sample

Brain, Kate E., Smits, Stephanie, Simon, Alice E., Forbes, Lindsay J.L., Roberts, Chris, Robbé, Iain J., Steward, John, White, Ceri, Neal, Richard D., Hanson, Jane and others. (2014) Ovarian cancer symptom awareness and anticipated delayed presentation in a population sample. BMC Cancer, 14 (171). ISSN 1471-2407. E-ISSN 1471-2407. (doi:10.1186/1471-2407-14-171) (KAR id:53847)

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Women aged over 50 years were recruited using random probability sampling (n?=?1043). Computer-assisted telephone interviews were used to administer measures including ovarian cancer symptom recognition, anticipated time to presentation with ovarian symptoms, health beliefs (perceived risk, perceived benefits/barriers to early presentation, confidence in symptom detection, ovarian cancer worry), and demographic variables. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify the contribution of independent variables to anticipated presentation (categorised as?<?3 weeks or???3 weeks).


Many symptoms of ovarian cancer are not well-recognised by women in the general population. Evidence-based interventions are needed not only to improve public awareness but also to overcome the barriers to recognising and acting on ovarian symptoms, if delays in presentation are to be minimised.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-171
Uncontrolled keywords: Ovarian cancer, Symptoms, Awareness, Anticipated delay
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Lindsay Forbes
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 12:46 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 11:54 UTC
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