Psychosocial Outcomes of Screening for Cancer and Pre-invasive Disease

  • Robert N. Whistance
  • Shelley Potter
  • Mark Eveleigh
  • Jane M. Blazeby


Screening is an important strategy for reducing cancer-related mortality in developed countries. Programmes for breast and cervical cancer screening are well established, while protocols for prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer are still being developed [1–7]. Population screening programmes help to detect both invasive cancers and pre-malignant disease. Prompt treatment of those identified with ca­ncer can reduce mortality, although screening trials do not consistently improve survival [8–12]. Diagnosing cancer early may mean that less invasive treatments with better clinical outcomes can be offered to patients [13, 14].


Cancer Screening Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Psychosocial Outcome Cancer Worry Cancer Specific Distress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert N. Whistance
  • Shelley Potter
  • Mark Eveleigh
  • Jane M. Blazeby
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social MedicineUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Division of Surgery, Head & NeckUniversity Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation TrustBristolUK

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