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Screening with Mammography Organized by Family Physicians Teams: What Have We Learnt?

Sanda Pribić
Rudika Gmajnić
Ljiljana Majnarić-Trtica
Barbara Ebling
Željko Vranješ

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 73 Kb

str. 871-876

preuzimanja: 412



The mammography, recommended as standard method for screening on breast cancer, can reveal suspicious lesions early enough to anable cancer elimination in entirely. Experience with women of the target population, 50–69 years old, included in the mass screening programs, show the reduction in the specific mortality by 30%. One of the main problem in organizing the preventive programs is how to increase responsiveness of subjects to screening. In the study, based on the large sample of over 1000 of subjects and 20 family medicine practices, included in the investigation, we showed that it is possible, by a pro-active involvement of family physicians teams and intensive educational and motivational activities, to achieve high level of over 80% of responsiveness to mammography screening. Analysis of the reasons of nonresponsiveness can contribute to better understanding of the mental processes included in a self-decision making. This, as the final aim, can help family physicians in their efforts to overcome many hidden barriers which obstruct their patients to accept the mammography screening.

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mammography; breast cancer; preventive programs

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