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Fear of Cancer Recurrence and the Relationship to Quality of Life, Risk Perception and Demographics in Female Breast Cancer Survivors in the Netherlands

Kampert, Fabiola (2021) Fear of Cancer Recurrence and the Relationship to Quality of Life, Risk Perception and Demographics in Female Breast Cancer Survivors in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study was to measure the prevalence of FOCR in breast cancer survivors and to assess the relationship of FOCR with various consequences as well as various determinants. A cross-sectional design with 252 participants was conducted. FOCR was assessed through the 6-item CWS. Excessive physical examination was measured with a single item. Moreover, QoL was measured with the Sf-12. Health literacy was assessed through the SBSQ. For the various types of risk perception, self-constructed questions were used. Pearson correlations for the variables FOCR, excessive physical examination, QoL and demographics were conducted. Through a multiple regression, it was measured which type of risk perception was most strongly associated with FOCR. 76% of the women reported severe FOCR. Women with higher FOCR showed more excessive physical examination, less physical QoL and less mental QoL. Besides, older participants and participants with higher health literacy reported less FOCR. No association between marital status, occupation, education and FOCR was found. Both, risk appraisal and comparative risk showed to have a significant independent effect on cancer worry, while risk appraisal had the most impact.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86739
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